You know it’s the holiday season when Christmas Barbies are on display by the Botetourt County Historical Society! There are Barbie and Ken dolls from the 1960s, an original dollhouse, boxed originals, books, posters, and even a Barbie Cadillac that can be used for a photo op!
Barbara Millicent Roberts, who would become known as the worldwide pop culture symbol: Barbie, was “born” in 1959 during New York’s Toy Fair in her iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit. Ken would follow shortly after, debuting in 1961.
Barbie has gone on to have over 250 careers, including: astronaut, pilot, doctor, and firefighter to name a few, beginning during a time when women were starting to yearn for fulfillment and success outside of the home.
Mattel would release Barbie’s friend, Christie, the first Black doll in 1968. Finally, in 1980, the first Black and Hispanic Barbies would be unveiled, with Asian Barbie following in 1981.
Barbie has become an icon to children around the world and is a wonderful source of nostalgia for many. BCHS welcomes families to the museum this holiday season to share in this festive, fun display!
There is a Barbie dollhouse and dolls also on view that’s hands-on friendly!
Learn about your family and culture at the museum – what would nostalgia be without our love of history?
~ Botetourt County Historical Society