For sale is a RARE 1961 BRUNETTE BARBIE BUBBLE CUT DOLL Model #850 made by Mattel. This Barbie Doll Sales includes many extras to include a early 1960s CARRY CASE, and five different clothing outfits to include a red bathing suit, and the masquerade outfit worn by the doll in pics for this listing. Sale also includes different shoe options and pearl necklace and other jewelry fashion accessories. This sale also includes an original 1962 BARBIE & KEN FASHION CATALOGUE. A first rate Barbie Play Set collectible from the dawn of the Barbie Empire.
The doll itself is in excellent condition but one of the ears has the common “green ear” discoloration which is common to these dolls. The backside of the doll is marked “Barbie, PATS PEND MCMLVIII by Mattel”. The buttock is also marked “7”. Doll has beautiful turquoise eyes and pink lipstick. Hair is brownette (brunette) with tight bubble cut, pink fingernail and toenail polish. Polish and lipstick in great condition and highly visible. One of the feet is marked “Japan” on the bottom.
The black 1964 BARBIE SOPHISTICATED LADY RED DRESS GOWN CARRY CASE. The case is in excellent condition. The inside of the case has a doll storage compartment and a cardboard drawer to store clothing and accessories. The front of the case features a blonde Barbie in a gown. The case is marked with a 1964 copyright date. The case has a black carry handle and measures approximately 12 inches, by 10 1/4 inches, by 3 inches.
The 1962 BARBIE & KEN Fashion Booklet Teen-Age Model Catalog is in fair condition with wear and folded corners. The catalog is about 50 pages and is helpful for researching vintage Barbie doll clothing outfits. Catalogue provides item numbers and cost for clothes for Barbie and Ken. This full color clothing fashion catalogue has a 1962 copyright date. Booklet measures 4 inches by 3 inches. A fun vintage Barbie collectible from the outset of the Barbie toy line.
In 1961, Mattel issued a new kind of Barbie doll called the “Bubble Cut” which had a new bouffant hairdo. The first-issue Bubble Cuts generally have shorter, tighter hairdo’s and thinner faces than the later ones. They still have the beautiful red Barbie lips as well (except for the White Ginger). Eyes and eye shadow are shades of blue to turquoise. The rare 1961 Bubble Cut is the Brownette (Brunette or Brown Sable).
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched on March 9, 1959. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over six decades and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle. The first Barbie doll wore a black-and-white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. The doll was marketed as a “Teen-age Fashion Model”, with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers. From 1959 until 1972, Barbies were made in Japan and have “Made in Japan” or “Japan” stamped on the bottom of their feet.
Barbie’s appearance has been changed many times, most notably in 1971 when the doll’s eyes were adjusted to look forwards rather than having the demure sideways glance of the original model.