Ken in Cheerful Chef on Barbie and Friends

Vintage Ken in Cheerful Chef.

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Ken is wearing a hard to find Fashion Pak item called Cheerful Chef, made from 1964 thru 1967.  Yvette said it took her several months to collect all of the pieces.

Bits & Pieces: Ken Casuals

Ken Casuals from the 1961 Mattel Dealer catalogKen Casuals from 1961 Barbie BookletWhen I recently added a page to the website on Ken’s Casuals outfit, I was intrigued by a bit of information I found.

<—This is how the outfit was pictured in the 1961 Mattel Dealer catalog.

When the outfit was released for sale, it included this plain yellow shirt instead. —>

It seems originally Mattel had planned for the yellow knit shirt to have an open neck with red trim. (It looks similar to the style of the white knit shirt from Time for Tennis #790 (1962 – 1963) and Fraternity Meeting #1408 (1964) to me.)

It was also shown in an early Barbie TV ad – but to my knowledge, one of these has never been found.

You can see all the info on Ken’s Casuals here.

Ken Casuals Booklet & Dealer Catalog Pictures