When Barbie was intro'd in 1959, I was turning 12 - the perfect age to be won over by this iconic beauty. I never did like playing with baby dolls, and I spent most of my outdoor playtime in the neighboring parks, playing softball with my four brothers. But when Barbie appeared, I was instantly drawn to her mini world of Fashion and FuN.
My BF Joann and I would forego the usual outdoor activity to camp out in my cozy basement, where we could spread out the dolls and their fashions and endlessly dress and redress them ... and create elaborate career scenarios.
Joann had an official Barbie and I had a dollar store clone, but that didn't bother us. We shared everything and spent many hours creating and hand sewing new outfits for the dolls with fabric scraps from my Grandad's tailor shop. We even created BASEBALL outfits for the dolls after our White Sox won the pennant. 1959 was a great year!!
By the time we two entered high school, the dolls were no longer a shared activity. (We mostly talked about boys.) But I continued sewing outfits for my clone Barbie for many more years. By the mid 60s, I was using a sewing machine to create my own clothes, so creating doll clothes was an added bonus. (Geez, I WISH I still had those early handmade MOD fashions!)
I suppose that today's 12 year-olds wouldn't be as enamored of Barbie as my generation was. I'm sure that Mattel is aware of that fact ... aiming their playline dolls at pre-schoolers now! LOL ... at least that's how it seems in my perspective.
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