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#2 Dressed box doll
Showing pink box
#3 Barbie in box
Note curved eyebrows
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The ponytail Barbie dolls are all-vinyl, 11.5" tall, with rooted hair, molded eyelids, pierced ears and side glancing eyes. They are jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. There are six (some collectors say five) different variations on this ponytail doll, which was produced through 1963. The table below describes the variations. All ponytail dolls had the same Mattel stock number, 850. The first three versions of the ponytail Barbie were made of a pale vinyl which has often turned a ghostly white.
|1959||#1||Blonde or brunette hair, white irises, pointy eyebrows, copper tubes in feet. Round stand w/prongs.|
|1959-60||#2||Same as #1, but no tubes in feet, round stand w/ wire support (no prongs).|
|1960||#3||Same as #2, but blue irises, curved eyebrows, some had brown eyeliner, all wire stand|
|1960-61||#4||Same as #3, but made of tan toned vinyl|
|1961||#5||Same as #4, but has a hollow torso (noticeably lighter weight), some redheads were made.|
|1962-66||#6||Same as #5, but lip colors varied from pale pink to red. 1963 dolls had the Midge/Barbie body markings (see below).|
Nearly all ponytail Barbie dolls are marked "Barbie TM // Pats. Pend. // (copyright symbol)MCMLVIII // by // Mattel // Inc." Only the #6 dolls made in 1963 are marked "Midge TM // (copyright symbol) 1962 // Barbie (R) // (C)1958 // by // Mattel, Inc."
The first five variations of the ponytail doll were sold wearing a black and white striped swimsuit, and came with black open toe heels. The number one and two dolls came with white sunglasses with blue lenses. Most came wearing gold toned hoop earrings, but later number two dolls and all others had pearl stud earrings. Number six dolls were sold wearing a red swimsuit. Barbie had many, many outfits that could be purchased separately.
Sources for this page include:
- "Collector's Encyclopedia of Barbie Dolls and Collectibles" by Sibyl DeWein & Joan Ashabraner
- "Barbie Fashion" vol 1 & 2 by Sarah Sink Eames
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