Happy Birthday Barbie!

I wonder if inventor Ruth Handler had any idea of the phenomenon she created on March 9, 1959, when her newly designed teenage doll was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York. I doubt it. – Tamra Bolton in Parade
Go visit, they’ve got a great slideshow – Barbie has been there, done that.

2009 re-release of original Barbie on ‘her’ 50th birthday.

Ruth and Elliott Handler with Barbie at her debut in 1959.

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