I love Barbie. Although when I hear her name, I don't think of whatever current version Mattel is selling, I think of this one --
She was Mom's and then I got to play with her, but I think she was always still Mom's. Until now. Now she's mine and my kids aren't getting anywhere near her.
According to Vintage Barbies.net, she's a Classic #4 Ponytail. My old Barbie, who I can't lay my hands on right now to take pictures of, is probably a #5 Ponytail. Which seems odd, because shouldn't my doll be much newer than my mom's? (I know, that kind of logic doesn't hold up with a family that loves thrift stores as much as ours does!) I also had a Bubble Cut Barbie that must've come along a bit later, and a Skipper. And of course Mom's Barbie had Ken, who was carefully packed in the box with her but didn't get his picture taken.
I had to dig through my 70s era Barbie clothes to find the swimsuit, which has lost all of its stretch and has a failing seam. I need to go through and separate the really old outfits from the sort of old ones. I've seen tutorials for redoing the makeup and ponytail, but I'm not sure if I want to go down that route or not. I'd like to clean up her face a bit, and maybe put her hair back up so she loses the bald spot. But that ding in her lip has been there forever and if I fixed her she wouldn't look like our Barbie anymore.
Teenage Daughter, who has never shared my passion for Barbie, commented that this doll has nicer hair. She's also easier to dress and if her head gets pulled off, it snaps right back into place. The oldest dolls were just about indestructible. Unlike the newer ones, which are never going to be the same again after a little brother dismembers them.
Are you pro Barbie? Which decade of dolls do you remember playing with?
This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style, Thrifter Maker Fixer.