These nostalgic recollections serve as a reminder of simpler times — when our most pressing decision was whether Barbie should wear the pink dress or the blue one to her next party.
What better time to celebrate Barbie’s doll-lightful impact than now, as she takes her next big adventure on the silver screen.
From the trendy vibes of the 60s, the progressive changes of the 70s, to the colorful creativity of the 80s, vintage Barbie has stood as a beloved toy icon, reflecting societal trends and inspiring young minds through the decades. Each era brought forth unique dolls and accessories that have left an indelible mark on generations.
Vintage Barbie wasn’t just a doll — she had an empire!
Look below to see dozens of vintage Barbie dolls, play sets (many complete with friends and family), fabulous dollhouses, pools, pets… and lots and lots of fashionable vintage Barbie clothes.
VINTAGE BARBIE DOLLS FROM THE 1960s
This era saw the launch of fashion-forward dolls such as Bubble Cut Barbie in 1961, and the chic American Girl Barbie in 1965. Barbie’s wardrobe blossomed to reflect the changing times, complete with elegant evening gowns and cute beach attire. Check out dozens of her vintage outfits below!
Mommy, in the olden days, did you have a Barbie Doll? (1965)
Mommy, how do you make a pin curl? Mommy, do blue shoes go with a green dress? She’ll really learn from you. But Barbie will help.
Watch your little girl put together Barbie’s Sew-Free costume. Dress Barbie. Style Barbie’s Color ‘n Curl Fashion Wig. Dream of tomorrow. It’s rewarding for her — and you. No wonder millions of mommies and little girls all over America and in 30 foreign countries share the delight of Barbie.
Vintage Barbie dolls from 1963
Barbie and her friends – Barbie, Ken, Midge & Fashion Queen Barbie
64 fabulous vintage 1960s Barbie fashions: From nurse to nightclubber
From Life magazine – August 23, 1963
Shown here, in a photograph by Allan Grant, is Barbie’s complete $136 wardrobe beginning with her black petticoat, panties and bra, to her white satin wedding dress, which comes packaged with everything a bride could need, including a blue garter and a bouquet.
Barbie’s clothing collection leans heavily toward evening clothes with 17 after-dark outfits. Her most expensive is a red velvet coat and taffeta ball gown ($5).
Barbie, who costs $3, usually comes dressed in a bathing suit but has many other sports clothes: She can dress up for a masquerade, or as an airline stewardess, a graduate, a ballerina and a nurse.
She has a kitchen apron with a rolling pin and pot holder. With a baby-sitting apron comes schoolbooks, glasses, clock, phone, pretzels, fully equipped bassinet including baby. With a sweater set and skirt come yarn, knitting needles and instructions.
Her twill raincoat has matching hat, umbrella and white rain boots. Her black sequin evening dress comes with a microphone and is called “Solo the Spotlight.”
She has a leather car coat, a white fur stole. Barbie can also be bought in a $6 version with three wigs: blond “bubble-on-bubble,” brunet page boy, and redhead “side-part flip.”
Barbie and Ken dolls from the 1963 Sears catalog
The most popular twosome in doll town now have coordinated outfits
Old Barbie dolls: Like to meet new friends? Meet new Twist ‘N Turn Barbie (1967)
Barbie’s so new, it’s just as though you’d never met her before! With a twist and turn waist, she can pose hundreds of different ways.
And Barbie has a new hairdo, a fresh, young complexion, and real eyelashes! And she has so many wonderful new fashions! Dressy clothes. Kooky clothes. All designed especially for Barbie.
Vintage Barbie friends: Twist N Turn Francie and Casey (1967)
Twist N Turn Francie is Barbie’s “Mod” cousin. Her friend Casey is new, and so is Negro Francie. Each doll has a twistable waist, legs band, real eyelashes, lots of beautiful new costumes to choose from.
The Barbie Family House and the Cape Cod Doll House Classic are ready-to-play — they need no assembly. Made of sturdy, washable vinyl, each new house contains fully decorated rooms and movable furniture.
Now Barbie talks! (1968-1969)
For the first time ever, the world’s prettiest, most popular fashion doll has delightful things to say to your little girl! And her English friend, Stacey, talks too. See Barbie and all her friends on Get Smart, The Ugliest Girl.
Because wishing you were older is part of growing up, Mattel makes The World of Barbie (1969)
Here’s the best scene around. Barbie and her friends doing the “in” things girls should do.
And Barbie and her crowd talk about it, too! Talk about new places to visit, new clothes to wear, and new friends to meet — like Julia and perky new PJ.
The Barbie Family House is actually big enough for a fashion show… (1968)
… with fresh, swingy styles for both Francie and Casey.
Barbie, Color Magic Barbie & Tutti
If you’ve ever watched Barbie help a little girl grow up, you know why she’s our most famous doll.
With Barbie a little girl can experiment with fashions, to see what color shoes go with a red and white gown. She can make a dress for Barbie, without sewing. She can even create hairstyles for new Color Magic Barbie.
With Barbie, there’s an endless opportunity for a little girl to learn, and have fun. That’s how Barbie and her friends have helped more than 20 million little girls grow and be happy.
Because little girls asked, we gave Barbie a tiny sister. Her name is Tutti.
Tutti is only six inches tall. She has hair that girls can comb, and she can pose like a real little girl. She even comes in special playsets, with costumes and her own tiny toys. (And she has a twin brother, Todd. They come together in a twin playset.)
Vintage Barbie clothes: Girls flip over the new “mod” London look. So does our new Francie.
Francie is Barbie’s fifteen-year-old cousin. Like most girls her age, she loves to wear stripes, paisley prints, London lace, and granny gowns. (And our bending leg Francie even has real eyelashes.) Francie is very real to girls who’ll be fifteen someday, too. That’s why she’s so much fun.
Twist ‘N Turn Barbie is all new!
Her beautiful new face, new costumes, and the way she turns at the waist make her more natural, more fun than ever before!
Twist ‘N Turn Francie & “Negro Francie” (1960s)
Twist ‘N Turn Francie is Barbie’s “Mod” cousin. Her friend Casey is new, and so is Negro Francie. Each doll has a twistable waist, legs that bend, real eyelashes, lots of beautiful new costumes to choose from.
The Barbie Family House and the Cape Cod Doll House Classic are ready-to-play — they need no assembly. Make of sturdy, washable vinyl, each new house contains fully-decorated rooms and moveable furniture.
Barbie’s sister, Tutti
Tutti, Barbie and Skipper’s tiny sister, has a new friend, Chris. They’re bendable. Tutti comes alone or with accessories in playsets like Cookin’ Goodies and Swing-A-Ling.
Cases for Barbie & Francie (1967)
Barbie Doll Case and Francie Doll Case are portable storage areas for dolls, costumes, accessories. Cases are washable, and made of sturdy vinyl.
Barbie Hair Fair lets a girl give her Barbie new hairstyles. Comes with four different hair pieces, and an extra wig head. Fits Francie and Casey, too.
A kitchen for Barbie and her friends (1969)
“I love being a fashion model!”
Kitchen for Barbie’s crowd, a Ward exclusive: Here’s the favorite hangout for the young set, brightly decorated in today’s colors with lots of fun accessories.
Treat the crowd to “turkey” from the oven or pretend you’re making hamburgers on the stove complete with pots and pans. Refrigerator with ‘freezer’ is stocked with make-believe cola, milk and ice cream. Sink actually holds water and drains. Knobs turn, doors slide, cabinets open. Metal play kitchen has wood-grain enamel finish, plastic knobs and handles, Play dishes and fruit included.
Barbie, Ken, Christie and Stacey can talk to each other
Talking Barbie and her friends can carry on a conversation! They all have distinctive voices, each says 6 different things. They talk about fashions, dances, more teen-talk.
Just pull their talking rings; need no batteries. About 11-1/4 in. tall, have bendable legs and posin’ stands. Girls have real eyelashes, rooted hair. Handsome Ken has molded hair, husky baritone voice. Buy the fabulous fashion outfits sold below … they’re the “in” styles.
VINTAGE BARBIE DOLLS FROM THE 1970s
The 1970s marked a pivotal time for Barbie, reflecting the societal shifts of the era. Barbie’s world started to embrace diversity with the introduction of dolls from different ethnic backgrounds. Malibu Barbie made her sun-kissed debut in 1971 and quickly became a fan favorite.
Barbie also began embarking on various career paths, nodding to the burgeoning women’s movement. She embraced roles as a surgeon, an Olympic athlete, and even took a ‘giant leap for womankind’ as an astronaut!
Barbie is the number 1 doll. There is no number 2. (1970)
Vintage Barbies: Head for the beach with Sun Set Malibu Barbie and her vacationing friends (1972)
Vintage Barbie play sets: Let’s have a hand for Malibu Barbie and her friends (1973)
Holy smoke!! Barbie’s going’ camping (1973)
The Sun Set: Vintage Malibu Barbie & Friends spend the day at the beach
Vintage Barbie Western playset: Swing your partner! (1971)
Doesn’t SKIPPER look like an adorable country lass in Little Miss Midi? Scatter-flowers shower over her midi skirt. With it, she wears a bright green blouse and blue boots. Her skirt swirls when she swings to the beat of country music.
BRAD takes the lead wearing The V.I.P. Scene. He joins the square dance in a great-looking plaid suit with bright red shirt and just-right tie. BRAD says the outfit is terrific. Isn’t he handsome?
You can bet your guitar that BARBIE will be a smash hit in Groovin’ Gauchos. It’s a really flashin’ fashion as partners step along to the country sound. The now look in gaucho pants, matching jacket and “suede” boots is tuned to today. (With Groovin’ Gauchos, you get a rock record with two hit sides.)
Looking great — that’s KEN in the Suede Scene. A groovy new outfit, it has “suede” pants and sleeveless jacket with nifty print shirt. KEN is out-of-sight when he swings his partner at the square dance.
FRANCIE does a country hoedown in Buckeroo Blues. The outfit is a clicky combo of “feather” vest, button-on skirt, and knee-high boots. Doesn’t FRANCIE look like a pretty Buffalo Jill? For her secret treasures, she carries a pouchy, fringed bag.
Vintage Malibu Barbie: (1976)
Sail on the surf… then relax in your romantic Hawaiian villa
VINTAGE BARBIE FROM THE 1980s
The mid-80s saw Barbie hitting the stage as the lead singer of her own rock band with the Barbie and the Rockers line.
And Day-to-Night Barbie became the perfect symbol of the modern woman, showing Barbie transition from a busy workday to a sparkling night on the town.
Beautiful Barbie Dream House with furniture (1980)
Join Barbie and her friends for hours of fun with this large 3-foot-high by 4-foot-long house. So big and beautiful… and so much to do!
DREAM HOUSE: Six large rooms of exciting fun. You’ll have hours of enjoyment with your dolls, pretending that they’re preparing food in the microwave/oven range, lounging in the living room or watching TV.
Doors and windows really open and close. Window box planters are complete with “plants.” Realistic details on the floors and walls. House opens up to 3 sections for complete and easy access to rooms. Heavy, durable and washable plastic in bright, cheerful colors. 4 ft. long by 3 ft high.
FURNITURE: Fully detailed plastic furniture for all six rooms: refrigerator, microwave/oven range: living room sofa, chair, and end table; vanity and seat; bed, nightstand and rug; dining room table, 2 chairs and accessories; chair, end table and television.
Vintage Barbie Dollhouse: The Barbie Glamour Home (1980s)
The Barbie Glamour Home will be the gift that brings your little girl hours of fun 365 days a year. One look at this glamorous dollhouse and she’ll know why Barbie calls it home.
Beautifully made and furnished, this two-story house is a fantasy come true. There are many special features, like a secret wall that changes the lovely bedroom into a stylish bath. A wonderful canopied swing. Even a rooftop garden patio.
So Barbie can sit by the fire and read her favorite mystery. Make a barbecue. Or make a grand entrance down the elegant spiral staircase as she greets guests for an “open house.”
There’s no end to what we girls can do. So it’s no wonder Barbie loves her home for the holidays, every day of the year. And here’s a little stocking stuffer for you. We girls can do anything. Right, Barbie!
Vintage Barbie friends, cars & pets: Beauty Secrets Fashion Dolls by Mattel (1980)
Mechanically-activated dolls can hold virtually any pose. Press the panel in doll’s back and you can make her raise right or left arm, or at once. Poseable wrists, bendable elbows.
Vinyl with painted eyes, hip-length rooted hair can be combed into a variety of styles. Complete with a beautiful bodysuit with long skirt and jacket, carrying case for play accessories, with includes comb, brush, hairdryer, lipstick, powder puff, mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste and other beauty items.
Hispanic Barbie. Vinyl with painted eyes. Poseable doll has bent elbows, twist waist, bendable legs. Rooted hair can be combed into variety of styles. Dressed in skirt, blouse, shawl, rose choker around neck, black shoes.
Sport & Shave Ken. Magic marker type pen lets you give Ken a beard, to remove simply wet one of the foam edge “razors” and shave. Plastic body. painted eyes. Rooted black hair. Poseable wrists, right hand is molded to hold a variety of accessories. Complete with beard marker, two “razors,” shaving mug, “aftershave/cologne”, tennis racket, slacks, comb and brush. Dressed in reversible T-shirt, running shorts and shoes.
Corvette Sports Car. Red. Decal, front and rear windshields, steering wheel, “chrome” wheel discs. Seats large enough to fit 11-1/2 inch dolls. T-top styling. Plastic, 18 inches long.
Beauty Barbie’s Dog. Poseable afghan of plush covered polyethylene, mouth can hold a leash. Includes leash, straw hat, cape, first place medal with ribbon, dish, crown, collar, bed, grooming brush.
Play set: Sun lovin’ Malibu Barbie and her friends (1980)
Golden-tanned Barbie and Ken, along with Super Teen Skipper, will have loads of fun with this large 3-1/2 foot backyard swimming pool and cabana
Puff ‘N Play Living Room and Bedroom Sets. (1) couch, 2 chairs, coffee table. (2) play waterbed, pillow, dressing table, stool. Both sets are vinyl. Inflatable (except pillow). For dolls up to 12 inches tall.
(3) My Pal Horse. Made of plastic. Legs, neck, tail are poseable. Vinyl western saddle, bridle, reins and bit.
(4) Barbie Baby-sits Set. One 3-inch tall, soft plastic baby with rooted blonde hair. Rose printed flannel and lace blanket; tub, soap, botties, dish, plastic bear and duck, towel, bib, sunbonnet, baby’s christening dress, rose print flannel nightie on baby, cradle, high chair. Emergency phone list and apron with pockets for babysitter.
(5) Pool and Cabana. Vinyl-coated cardboard backyard set. “Grass yard” is 41×27 inches wide. Kidney-shaped swimming pool is plastic… holds up to 2 inches of water. Cabana, table with umbrella, 4 stools, ice chest, pitcher and 6 cups, barbecue grill, utensils, hand net, filter and vacuum, swimming ring, floating swim guard rail, 2 rafts, chaise lounge. 2 chipboard flowerpots with plastic plants.
(6 thru 8) Fashion dolls by Mattel., featuring Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie and Ken and Super Teen Skipper. Vinyl. Bent elbows. twist waist and straight legs. Painted eyes. Barbie and Skipper have rooted hair; Ken has molded hair. Barbie and Ken have mirrored sunglasses; beach bag: Skipper has skateboard, safety equipment. long skirt, extra shoes, comb and mirror.
(8) 11-1/4 in. Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie. Dressed in aqua bikini.
Play sets: Arco Barbie House Party, My First Barbie, Hot tub/patio set & Doll sports car (1987)
1980s Tropical Barbie plus pool and playsets
Vintage My First Barbie – Ballerina doll (1989)
VINTAGE BARBIE FROM THE 1990s
More than just a fashionista, career Barbies started to emerge in roles that broke away from traditional gender stereotypes. Barbie became a pilot, a naval officer, even a presidential candidate, reflecting the shifting societal norms of the time.
Amid all these new roles, one doll stood out: Share A Smile Becky. Introduced in 1997, Becky was a friend of Barbie’s and used a wheelchair. She represented an important step towards inclusivity in the Barbie world.
From presidential runs to paving the way for representation, Barbie in the 90s was more than just a doll — she was a symbol of the changing times.
Vintage Happy Holidays Barbie doll with pink dress (1990)
1990s Birthday Surprise Barbie doll from Mattel
90s Barbie Shani doll (1991)
Shani, Asha and Nichelle Barbie dolls (1991)
Retro 35th Anniversary Barbie doll (1994)
Finally, a second chance to own the First Barbie. It’s the Barbie doll everyone remembers. And few people own. Introduced in 1959, she immediately stole America’s heart.
Today, she’s more popular than ever. She’s been photographed, analyzed and adored by people around the world. Avid collectors pay as much as $5,000 for an original Barbie in mint condition.
Now, with the introduction of this Special Edition reproduction, you can own the doll that started it all. The 35th Anniversary Barbie. An American original returns.
Limited Edition Spring Bouquet Barbie doll from Enchanted Seasons collection (1995)
Standing with the warm sun shining on her hair and the sweet scent of flowers in the air, she is a gentle reminder of spring, the season of rebirth. Introducing Spring Bouquet Barbie from the Enchanted Seasons Collection. A colorful tribute to the wonders of spring.
She wears an iridescent lace gown adorned with hand-crafted glittering flowers. Her long blond hair blows softly in the breeze. With her blossom trimmed hat and a basket of flowers, she is truly the essence of spring. Spring Bouquet Barbie is a Limited Edition doll and comes complete with Certificate of Authenticity.
Illusion Barbie doll – Masquerade Gala Collection from Barbie Collectibles (1997)
Barbie Fashion Avenue doll clothes and fingernail decorations (1998)
Barbie electronics – Phone, radio, clocks and more (1999)
Barbie Lights N Sounds Micro Electronics
Retro Shop with Me Barbie cash register toy