Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Barbie Wednesday


Hello friends!
There's a lot of really neat facts about the history created by Mattel in the pages of old Random House Barbie books from the early sixties!


Although they have never been issued as dolls, Barbie's parents' names are known to be George and Margaret Roberts. As part of Barbie's early 1960s storyline, she was also known to have a cousin called LuluBelle. She, too, was never merchandised.


Barbie's cousin, Francie's mother (Barbie's aunt) is named Lillian Fairchild.


Barbie's younger brother Todd has a twin sister. This sister was called "Tutti" in the 1960s, and was later called "Stacie" upon her re-release in the 1990s and beyond. It is generally assumed that they are the same character, since Todd couldn't have more than one twin sister.



Wishing you all a wonderful day, Lindsey

26 comments:

Home and Heart said...

I really enjoyed finding out some info about Barbie I never knew!!

Sarita Boyette said...

Thanks for sharing, Lindsey. I didn't know some of these facts. I will have to be looking for these books when I go to the resale shop.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

I just love your Barbie Wednesdays!!!

Anne Fannie said...

Someone had given me one of these books because I collect Barbies. I just went and torn my bookcase apart and I couldn't find it to see which one I had.
I always enjoy visiting you for Barbie Wednesdays!

~Ann

@nne said...

And for you a lvely day! @nne

LiLi M. said...

These Random House books were translated in Dutch, but the covers are (now) vintage Barbie photos, I used to display the books and the Barbies in exact the same clothes.

Vintage Christine said...

Do you think anyone would've bought a Barbie doll named LuluBelle?! Why in the world would the author have named Barbie's sister that? I was "too old" for Barbie by the time these books came out and haven't ever seen them in the thrifts OR antique malls. Go Barbie!

Florence and Mary said...

How adorable do those books look.

Victoria xx

Laura Lowe said...

Great info! Wish I could get my daughter to play with Barbies so I'd have an excuse to collect some!

Red Riding said...

i love those vintage pictures

rachel
x

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

OH! I am loving this sweet blog! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on mine.

Consider me a new FAN and Follower!

Jill

Heidi Ann said...

I loved seeing those great vintage books - and I also enjoyed reading the history lesson. It really doesn't get any better than Barbie Wednesday!

Linda said...

What interesting facts on Barbie! I am loving your blog!
Have a good day.

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Lindsey! those books must be so fun to look through! ♥

Country Dreaming said...

Great info. Something I didn't know.

Have a great day.

Melinda

Creative Breathing said...

Hi Lindsey! Don't you just love that plaid sports coat on Ken! Sigh, I wish life were like old fashioned Barbie world. I can't wait to get the October Afternoon thrift store paper you featured. What a cute clipboard! Have a great weekend ahead! Elizabeth

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks for sharing more info on Barbie! I am so interested in them now and love to learn more! ♥

Jackie said...

It's so fun to play Barbies with you and I always seem to learn something too!
Hey, Hey to Barbie...In living color for the world to enjoy!
Stopping by after a day of work to play.
~Jacqueline~

Elyse said...

well researched, barbie-ologist!

xo
elyse

Lisa said...

Oh i love Barbie Books!! These bring back memories!! You have the best collection!
Hugs, Lisa

C. Dianne Zweig said...

I miss my Barbie dolls....I can picture her now....thanks for the lovely post


Dianne
Kitsch n Stuff

Loretta said...

Well, I'm astonished! I never knew these things about Barbie before, and I never heard of these old books before. Cool! Thanks for sharing.

wig4usc said...

How fun, I never knew any of this!!! What I did have, that's pretty funny now, is a Cher "Barbie" doll. She was Barbie's best friend!

q.D.paToOtieS said...

Interesting! Francie was and still is my favorite Barbie relative. Nice to know her last name is Fairchild.

I love the graphics on the books too. Really sweet.

Cindy P said...

This is the first time I've visited your Blog and it is darling. I have bookmarked it for future reading,

I see you love Barbie as much as I do. I also see you are located in Missouri and if you don't already know, there is a Barbie exhibit at the Toy & Miniature Museum in Kansas City. It runs through the end of December. I've alrady been once and am going again, taking another friend next week. You can Google the Toy & Miniature museum if you are interested in information.

Cindy in Kansas

SueLovesCherries said...

Fascinating history - especially about the twins!

A big welcome to Barney, too! May he "live long and prosper", lol!