Girls all over the world are fascinated by the beauty of this slender three-dimensional plastic doll called Barbie. However, it is interesting to note that even women in their thirties are still interested in the collection of Barbie figures. From a Barbie doll fairy tale collection to a summer getaway theme, this toy has evolved tremendously over the last 4 decades. It was invented by Ruth Handler and is named after her daughter Barbara Handler.

The first dolls created were priced at $3 each. The first Barbie doll wore a ponytail, bathing suit, sunglasses, earrings, and a pair of open-toe shoes. The design of her swimsuit is a black and white striped zebra print. This is the most valuable Barbie doll today and only a few collectors hold it as the rarest to find. The following collections are named after the hairstyle they have. The next to come was called the Barbie Ponytail Dolls, which are numbered based on the year they came out. Ponytail Dolls number 1 and 2 came in 1959, number 3 (1960), number 4 (1960), number 5 (1961), and number 6 and 7 (1962-1966).

The next vintage collection to come after this one was called the Barbie Bubblecut Dolls, which were made between 1961 and 1967. It also came at the same time that Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady, hence the doll‘s resemblance to her. In 1963, Barbie, the queen of fashion, arrived with dyed hair and three wigs to choose from, as wigs were a very popular item among the ladies at the time.

Then in 1964 Barbie Swirl Ponytail became popular and Barbie’s improved appearance made her look more glamorous with several new clothes and accessories to collect. Production of this Barbie continued until 1966 and this is the collection that most collectors have sought out today. Also in the same year, Miss Barbie arrived and was the first doll with sleepy eyes that also had flexible legs. Her hair was molded and she also came with 3 interchangeable wigs.

In 1965, American Girl Barbie was popular for her new shoulder-length hairstyle with bangs. Then the revolutionary Color Magic Barbie arrived in 1966 with a choice of blonde or black hair that would change to a shade of scarlet after applying a solution. Her makeup is also very vibrant, which really matched her explosive color theme. However, this is the rarest to find today and also the most expensive. Dolls that were made in subsequent years are now called Mod Era Barbie dolls, which were released between 1967 and 1972.

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