Barbie Turns 54!

March 9 was Barbie’s 54th Birthday!  Time sure does fly!

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

I don’t have many of the original Barbie’s.  My total count is a whopping two.  One  was given to me from my mothers collection and was restored by Krista’s Doll Restoration.   She’s a number 4 Barbie head on either a 3 or a 5 body.  I think we decided she was transitional or the past owner (not my mom) had switched the bodies.  The other was just recently given to me by my boss.  That number 5 Barbie is waiting to be restored.   I think I might hit Arnaldo’s Restorations up for that one eventually.

Number 4 Barbie

My Restored Number 4 Barbie

Upon taking photos for this article, I realized something.  Original Barbie dolls are hard to photograph!  I tried various angles in hopes of getting that ‘looking into the camera’ look, but it took a lot of guess and check!  For nostalgia’s sake, I thought I’d share some Barbie commercials with you!  These will give you a glimpse of how Barbie has changed over the years!  Below is Barbie’s first TV commercial!

Here’s a few more Barbie commercials circa 1959 through the 1970’s!

Quick Curl Barbie and Mod Hair Ken:

Barbie and the Rockers are some of my favorites!

90’s Camp Barbie line is another favorite of mine, though I only own Skipper and Ken!

And remember 1999’s Generation Girls?  They were great!

And the newest Barbie line, Barbie and the Pink Shoes:

This is just a sampling of commercials I found on YouTube.  Here’s wishing Barbie a very merry Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Do you have any special Barbie memories you’d like to share?  Feel free to comment below!

March 10, 2013. Uncategorized.


  1. barbielea replied:

    Wow, beautiful! I just love that “poodle” fringe (bangs). I would LOVE an original Barbie, but for the forseeable future they are way out of my price range as they are really rare in the UK. My best bet – although I still can’t afford it right now as I’m miles over budget on doll purchases – is the 50th anniversary reproduction, I really want one!

    I only had one Barbie when I was a kid, although I had loads of Sindys and clones I inherited from my cousins. She was a Pretty Changes and I still have her, I just featured her for Barbie’s birthday on my blog actually. I spent a lot of time making her “dresses” out of sweet papers, silver foil and bits of ribbon … so not much has changed really 🙂

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I’m over my doll budget, too, so we’re in the same boat! 🙂 I thought the Barbie in your post was so cute! Love the short hair. Totally agree on the poodle fringe! I prefer that to the more course bangs they put on the later dolls.

  2. debi allison replied:

    I received my first Barbie 53 years ago! As much as I have always loved Barbie, someone should do a Barbie as she would look at her real age of 54.

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