Today we are going to start a look back at Barbie Booklets. These little catalogs were included with all Barbie purchases for many, many years. Today we will be looking at the booklets from 1959 and 1960. Next week, we’ll review 1961 & 1962.
The first three books all had this same pink cover with Barbie. They are all marked c. MCMLVIII, which is the Roman number for 1958.
The first book featured Barbie’ debut fashions from 1959 and is the only one to have the three outfits that were sold only in 1959:
The second version of the 1959 Booklet did not contain the three outfits above and was the last one to have Commuter Set:
The third version of this same cover was the 1960 catalog and included the six new ensembles from 1960. (You can find a list of 1959 & 1960 outfits here.)
The 1961 edition had the same pink cover, but also had Ken on the cover. We’ll look at it in detail next week.
Booklets are a collectible item, here are some of the current listings:
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