Once again, I'm feeling a bit frazzled and at a lost as to what to post about so I thought I'd share a little more of my Barbie collection. I know there are at least a few of you who enjoy my Barbie posts - I haven't made any in a while as I've been saving all my money so I haven't got any new-to-me vintage additions (though quite a few 80s-modern; 80s Barbies are actually my favourite but I don't know that they fit in with the rest of my blog. If you want to see them look here.)
The two dolls I'm posting about today are possibly stretching it in terms of the eras or styles that I tend to post about, though.
Kissing Barbie, 1978
When I first saw these dolls in other collectors' photos I wasn't too keen on them but somehow she's grown on me! She was in a lot of dolls that a friend of my mother's had and now she's in my permanent collection, after a good cleaning.
She has a button on her back that makes her head tilt up to 'kiss' and originally came with lipstick so you could leave little Barbie size lipstick prints everywhere - I'm sure parents were happy about that! Ha.
One of the things that I love most about her is the print on her dress - subtle flowers and little pink lips all over it. I also love the sheer overlay, though I feel that this sort of fabric isn't always the most practical for children's toys. Luckily this dress has survived pretty well!
This one is a work in progress as I need to reattach her arms and legs (once I find a second leg). At first, I was just going to rebody her (put her head on another body) but another collector said it could be worth fixing up the joints and keeping her on her original torso. She was also completely filthy but after I washed her I noticed that her colour is absolutely perfect. I got her for free so any money spent fixing her up is worth it, really. I've called her Loretta, for now, as her hair reminds me of country singers' hairstyles in the 60s and 70s.
As I said, I know a few of you are interested in my Barbie posts but I'm never really sure exactly which Barbie related things to post. So any feedback is appreciated about what sorts of Barbie related posts you might like to see. But I'm always updating my Flickr with new dolls so feel free to keep track of my collection there.
Andi B. Goode