: Did I play with Barbies when I was a child?
: ... Of course I did!!!
: 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
: 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.
: Barb J
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