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Barbie Doll

Barbie Doll

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Description
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.
Object Name
Doll
doll
Date made
ca 1958
maker
Mattel, Inc.
Place Made
Japan
used
United States: Maryland, Bethesda
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
ID Number
1988.0608.17A
catalog number
1988.0608.17A
accession number
1988.0608
Credit Line
Anonymous
subject
Toys
Dolls
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
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American Enterprise
Family & Social Life
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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"The Barbie currently on display in American Enterprise is not a "fresh-from-the-box " original. The doll came with a bunch of curls at the end of the ponytail, which became a frizzy mess if you tried to comb them. So the owner of this doll did what I did with mine- took a scissors to it and cut off the end of the ponytail!"

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