Barbie Doll

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In 1959 the Mattel toy company introduced Barbie. Unlike most dolls at the time, Barbie was a grown-up—a teenage fashion model who could date, drive, and wear fabulous clothes. While often criticized for her unrealistic physical proportions and for promoting gender stereotypes, Barbie has also evolved with the times to reflect social and cultural changes in American culture. Since the 1980s she has taken on many new careers, from police officer to paleontologist to presidential candidate.
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Mattel, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fiber (overall material)
straw (overall material)
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Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Place Made
Japan
ca 1958
Object Name
doll
ID Number
1988.0608.17
catalog number
1988.0608.17
accession number
1988.0608