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The first Barbie came out in 1959 and is known by collectors as the No.1. Valued at up to $10,000, a vintage example like this will never grace my collection!

Launched in March 1959. Barbie becomes the ultimate 60s girl. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of Barbie using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

I remember Barbie's striped bathing suit. Ponytail or bubble hairdo? Mine had the bubble 'do. My sisters and I played together for hours, imaging their lives like mini-soaps. My Barbie's little glasses were red, so chic!

Original Vintage Barbie dolls, 1960 I had one, the black hair one, with the patent leather case. My mom made all her clothes for me. Much cheaper that way plus they were "one of a kind"

1960 Barbie model. Mine was a little later model, but extremely similar, EXCEPT, mine had red hair! OF COURSE! ;)

My first Barbie..1959...If I only had her & the outfits now...what a treasure I would have!!

Vintage 1950's Barbie---- my best friend had 3, I never got one, I played with hers

This is a pic of a Barbie from the '60s I had. Confession...I still have about 20 Barbies but all from the '90s in special costumes!

My Barbie had this! I think hers was pink??? We only rarely had purchased outfits (we sewed our own - everybody did) but this was a necessity of life!1959 Sweet Dreams Barbie -