Barbie Doll


In 1959 the Mattel toy company introduced Barbie. Unlike most dolls at the time, Barbie was a grown-up—a teenage fashion model who could date, drive, and wear fabulous clothes. While often criticized for her unrealistic physical proportions and for promoting gender stereotypes, Barbie has also evolved with the times to reflect social and cultural changes in American culture. Since the 1980s she has taken on many new careers, from police officer to paleontologist to presidential candidate.

Date Made: ca 1958

Maker: Mattel, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view (ribbon)

Place Made: JapanUsed: United States: Maryland, Bethesda

Subject: ToysDolls


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Popular Entertainment, Family & Social Life, American Enterprise, Artifact Walls exhibit

Exhibition: American Enterprise (doll)

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Anonymous

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0608.17ACatalog Number: 1988.0608.17AAccession Number: 1988.0608

Object Name: doll

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)paint (features material)jersey (bathing suit material)Measurements: overall: 28 cm x 8.4 cm; 11 1/32 in x 3 5/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1155897

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