The 1960s Barbie Doll House was brought out
in 1962 by Mattel. This is the first house Barbie had since
her debut in 1959. It was made totally from cardboard and
folded out from the box. Mattel called it Barbie's Dream
The house was one large studio apartment style
room complete with furniture. All the furniture, fixtures
and fittings were also made from cardboard.
As this was the first ever Barbie doll house
it was every little girls dream to own one. Only the most
fortunate of children would have got their hands on the
1960s Barbie Doll House.
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collectors are always on the look out for this first Barbie house
and they are very hard to come by.
Barbie's Dream House included a bed with bedside,
sofa, coffee table, side chair with footstool and a sideboard.
There were also cardboard rugs and pictures.
A chest of draws, wardrobe and bookcase with cupboards
were built into the back wall of the doll house. These could not
be opened and were just for show. The whole house could be folded
up back into a box with a carry handle so you could take it with
made her debut in 1959 and was the named after her creator, Ruth
Handlers daughter Barbara. In 1961 Mattel introduced the Ken doll,
Barbie's one and only boyfriend. Named for the Handlers son Ken
has his own fashionable wardrobe. The first Ken doll wore a dinner
suit at his launch.
Barbie and Ken were then joined by friend Midge
in 1963 and sister Skipper in 1965. Each member of the Barbie
clan is named after a member of the Handler family.
I often get asked where the best place to buy and
sell early Barbie houses is. There are very few shops that purchase
and sell such specialised items and I would always recommend Ebay.