Stewardess Barbie Doll

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Creator Myers, Joan and Ted
Title Stewardess Barbie Doll
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 69389
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description The Barbie doll, which has been called "the apotheosis of consumer society", is by far the most commercially successful doll ever made. By 1989, when the doll's 30th birthday was marked by a gala celebration at Lincoln Centre in New York, more than 600 million Barbies and her friends had been sold. Created by Ruth and Elliot Handler, who founded the Mattel Toy Company in the 1940s, Barbie has undergone several transformations since her inception. Her hair is always changing, as is her wardrobe. However, her stylized figure with its shapely breasts and endless legs has remained the same. Barbie is not without her detractors. In the 1970s the National Organization of Women claimed that dolls such as Barbie encouraged girls to see themselves either as mannequins or sex objects. Others claimed that Barbie's figure gave teenage girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies and contributed to the rise of eating disorders. On the other hand, Barbie has been hailed as a feminist pioneer, a woman who earns her own living and is not dependent on a man for her sense of identity. Barbie dolls were first produced by the California based companyof Mattel in 1959. This version, called Bubble-cut Barbie, was issued three years later. Made of vinyl, she has movable arms and legs, painted features, and blond saran hair. She is dressed as a flight attendant.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">a) Blonde, blue eyed Barbie doll dressed in an airline stewardess' uniform; wing pin on shoulder; b) white blouse; 6cm wide, 11cm long; c) blue skirt; 11cm wide, 6cm long; d) blue jacket; label in jacket, "Barbie, Made by Mattel"; 9.5cm wide, 8cm long; e) blue hat with prongs to fix it to hair; a silver pin; 1.5cm high, 3cm wide, 2.5cm long; f-g) 2 high heeled white shoes; 2cm iwde, 6cm long</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">a) doll; b) blouse; c) skirt; d) jacket; e) hat; f-g) shoes</div>
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