Monday, August 13, 2012

A couple of Barbies from the '70s

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
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.

Kissing Barbie 1978

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.

Kissing Barbie 1978

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!

Growin' Pretty Hair Barbie progress

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


  1. Super cute! I love your Barbie posts.

  2. I was a massive Barbie fan as a kid, and owned hundreds of the things.. I went through a couple of bags of them the other day, and managed to find what I think might be an original 50's doll, which I'm somewhat excited about.

    Is there any Barbies you feel you're missing? Mostly late 80's-early 2000's is what I own, but maybe?

    Saying that, the ski/snowboard Barbie you have, I also had. I'll try and fish out the skirt/skates for you, if you'd like?

  3. Love the 70s Barbie, but I can imagine the lipstick situation could get MESSY with kids playing with her! Ha!

  4. I love to see this Barbie post!

  5. Oh the kissing barbie is fab, I want her dress please. Love the second ones face, so pretty. I enjoy these posts! xx

  6. I love your Barbie posts. It's always interesting to see how she evolved over the years.

    The kissing Barbie is great!

  7. Barbie makes an appearance on my blog, but only one (so far) that I've named fashionista barbie. So I guess we are Barbie twins today ...

    I found you from Yesterday Girl's blog.

    Give me a visit some time ~

  8. Awww, what a cute blast from the past. Though I was born in the 80s and grew up with the Barbies of that decade (and the early 90s) at my house, a trip to my grandma's meant I got to play with all the great 60s and 70s Barbies (and their fashions) she'd held onto from her daughters' childhood days.

    ♥ Jessica

  9. I had Kissing Barbie as well, and I will never forget the dress!

  10. The kissing Barbie is wonderful,she looks a little like Lana Del Rey with her luscious lips. Ha! I love your Barbie post's, such a great thing to collect ( I imagine a good investement too). :-) Good luck with Loretta. xx

  11. I am not a Barbie collector but I love your Barbie posts! I don't think I had that kissing Barbie but I know I had her dress! It must have come out of one of the box lots of Barbie stuff my mom would buy us at auctions in the early 90s. I would love to see your 80s Barbies featured here to because I would love to see some I recognize.

    When reading your posts, I was wondering, even though I don't collect, is there a good way to restore Barbie's hair to it's former glory? I just seem to remember cutting their hair off when it would get to be a ratted mess.

  12. I'm loving your blog & your style!! That kissing Barbie is so great! :-) Xo


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