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http://inventors.about.com/od/bstartinventions/a/The-History-Of-Barbie-Dolls.htm

1.Barbie's "real" measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3 ¼ inches (waist), 5 3/16 inches (hips)
2.Her weight is 7 ¼ ounces, and her height is 11.5 inches tall.
3.The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel), whose own daughter was called Barbara.
4.Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
5.The Ken doll was named after Ruth's son and was introduced two years after Barbie in 1961.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~class/am483_95/projects/barbie/barb2.html

1.Idea came from a German lily doll, Some condemned Barbie and her black- and-white swimsuit for being too "scary, sleazy, and spellbinding"
2.To help counter some criticism of Barbie as sex symbol, Mattel introduced Midge, Barbie's best friend, in 1963 and Skipper, Barbie's little sister, in 1964.
3.she was teaching women what was expected of them by society.
4.Against Mattel's wishes but by popular demand, they introduced Barbie's "handsome steady" Ken in 1961. They had coordinating outfits for fraternity parties, lawn picnics, drive-ins, and the beach.
5.Barbie portrayed an alternative, a life before marriage, without discarding the traditional values that accompanied this lifestyle

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/b/barbie_doll/index.html

1.herr price was $3, a modest sum even then. A handful of outfits was displayed alongside her, costing between $1 and $3.
2.Despite the initial coolness of her reception at the Toy Fair, Barbie was flying off the shelves by the summer of 1959, and stores could not keep Barbie in stock.
3.Barbie was born during the golden age of American post-World War II prosperity with its lushly saturated Technicolor movies, tidy new suburbs and cars as large as beached whales.
4.In the early 1950s, Mrs. Handler got the idea of creating an adult doll after observing her

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