Time sure does fly by fast for me. Why is it, the older we get the faster time flies? Yep, I know, cause our minds slow down and after over 70 some years of stuffing things into my memory, the old hard-drive gets full and slow. But time still travels on.
Can you believe that it was 55 years ago today that the first Barbie Doll was displayed at the American Toy Fair in New York City? She was eleven inches tall and had blond hair.
Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the U.S. with adult features. Ruth Handler, a co-founder of Mattel, Inc., was the women behind Barbie. She thought that there was a market for toys that allowed young girls to imagine the future. She came up with a doll and named it after her daughter, Barbara.
Of course she was criticized for the doll design. It was estimated that if she were a real woman, her measurements would be 36-18-38 and that was just too sexy and that it would give young girls an unrealistic and harmful example and would foster a negative body image of themselves. Even with all criticism, sales topped a billion dollars annually by 1993. Since 1959, more than 800,000,000 (that is over eight hundred million, almost a billion) dolls in the Barbie family have been sold around the world. Dang, I didn't have one. I feel left out (grin). Now, go play with your Barbie, or not, and have a great day, you hear?