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Happy Birthday Barbara Millicent Roberts

Today is Barbara Millicent Roberts' (AKA Barbie) 50th birthday.

Oh how I wanted Barbie's life when I was a little girl. She had the best clothes, the coolest cars and accessories to die for. She could be anything she wanted to be and had the great guy to match her lifestyle.

I used to spend hours playing with my Barbies in the basement. I also used to spend hours looking at the little packages of clothing in their bright pink boxes picking out just the right new outfit for Barbie when my mom said I could get one (see picture at right, I had this outfit). Somewhere in my mom's basement is still a box of about 30 Barbies dressed up, hair brushed and waiting to be played with again.

I remember the best Christmas I ever had was when Santa brought me my Barbie dream home. I used to arrange and re-arrange the furniture and decor it in over and over again, until eventually the plastic pieces broke and the felt furniture covers no longer stuck.

My favorite Barbie was dressed in a white dress with little red hearts all over her. I wish I could remember her name.

Did you play with Barbies?
Do you have a favorite Barbie memory?


  1. I played with Barbies for hours too, just like you! A local lady made gorgeous Barbie clothes so my dolls had fine and fancy ball gowns, coats, and dresses. I never got the Barbie Dream Car, but do you remember the inflatable Barbie furniture? I thought that was so cool. Happy Birthday Barbie!

  2. I SWEAR I had this EXACT outfit (pictured) in my Barbie collection! Oh man, I had it ALL: the corvette, the Malibu Beach House, the postable closet! I LOVE BARBIE!!!!

  3. I LOVED playing with Barbies as a kid!! I'm pretty sure I had the same Barbie you are envisioning too... she had a little thingie on her back that you pressed and she made "kissy" sounds. :-)

    Happy Birthday, Barbie!

  4. I used to have an ongoing story with my Barbies. I would "pause" the game when I had to stop playing and then pick it up again the next time I played. It was sort of like a Barbie soap opera but it was so much fun!

  5. I had an I was what you could call "obsessed" - hey a Barbie room isn't as scary as Madame Alexander room a la Tori Spelling with 100's of human-like eyes staring at you!

  6. O man I have like a million barbies but my fav was always teresa. She was a brunet just like me!

  7. Oh heck ya! I had SO MANY barbies! I had an old school dream house and a convertible. It was so much fun!

  8. i had a duffle bag of barbies & barbie house & convertible! LOVED THEM!

  9. No...Barbie came out when I was in High School...didn't even learn about her till my sister-in-law ( then 11 1964) begged for one for her one once I found out what it was....

  10. I, too, was consumed by Barbies. I got all my cousins hand-me-downs and luckily she was spoiled so I got the dream house, a few cars, a townhouse, some clothes. All the tiny foods and perfume bottles were my favorite part about the dream house. Have you seen what they call the "dream house" today? It blows!

  11. I loved Barbie as a little girl. I had the dream house & the same dress you're talking about with the red hearts. Was it the valentine's barbie or something?
    Here's the dress..

    One of the things I love about having a daughter is sharing Barbies with her. She's only 3 & already can sit for hours & play.

  12. As a mother I loved Barbie (she could BE anything and Ken or GI Joe was just an ACCESSORY!) My daughter had the Malibu house, convertible, all of the clothes, etc. Darling Daughter (who is now a young adult and a child psychologist and NOT spoiled) was my real life Barbie Doll. I loved buying her beautiful clothes (I still love it) and when she was 16 we gave her a convertible just like Barbie. She was an honor student, a cheerleader in high school and college and never gave us one minute of trouble....Now, our only daughter is married and has a baby daughter and we are blessed to be able to do it all over again.....I love your blog!

  13. check out the price of the dress and the wolworth's sticker, too funny! so long ago!!!!

  14. That's her name!!! Had no idea!!! I had the Barbie apartment with elevator and it was fabulous!

  15. i had that exact pink dress with silver belt for my barbie!!!! oh what memories! i love barbie's (hate those bratz dolls) but we had hundreds of naked barbies and bins of clothes. it was always a great day when we got a pink box of barbie clothes! what a great post!

  16. My favorite barbie was Pretty in Pink.Oh I swear I can still smell her from that Christmas morning.No Im not crazy ...well not legally.New Barbies had "a" smell and it was good.She was so pretty.I wish I had another one.She is long gone.

  17. My favorite Barbie memory is also when you got a Barbie Dream House... how sad...


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