This Day in History February 4, 1959

By Ruth on February 4, 2015 in history, toys

BarbieIt was on this date in 1959, that the first Barbie doll was invented. Ruth Handler invented the doll and named it after her daughter. A bit later, Ken came along (named after her son). It was not initially received well by the powers that be, but little girls loved it.

Proverbs 31:30 ESV

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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  1. becca February 4, 2015 Reply

    That’s pretty interesting. Where do you find the fun fact for this day in history?

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      Ruth February 4, 2015 Reply

      Becca I actually do a lot of searching around, and the sites where I got my information are always listed below the post. Thanks.

  2. Sarah M February 4, 2015 Reply

    I’m trying to remember – did they pair Ken with Barbie or Skipper? Because if Barbie and Ken were a couple, that’s weird that they’re named after her kids. Cool that it’s still around after all that time.

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      Ruth February 4, 2015 Reply

      I know I had the same thought about Ken and Barbie since they are boyfriend and girlfriend but I think the creator just used the names of her kids to memorialize them. Thanks for asking Sarah. And thanks for answering Deanna!
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  3. Babs Hightower February 4, 2015 Reply

    Hi Ruth :).

    This was great I love Barbie
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  4. Alleluialu February 4, 2015 Reply

    This really amuses me because a friend of mine celebrates her birthday today. I will have to tell her that it is Barbie’s birthday, too.

  5. Deanna February 4, 2015 Reply

    Sarah, Ken is Barbie’s boyfriend. Skipper and Kelly are Barbie’s little sisters.

  6. marla king February 24, 2015 Reply

    Barbies have been around a long time.

  7. marla king April 29, 2015 Reply

    I always loved my Barbie dolls.

  8. ANN*H October 16, 2015 Reply

    This is interesting to know. I like reading about toys history in case I have any of these older toys still in my home. I like to collect older things all the time . thanks for Barbies info

  9. mary czerczyk June 21, 2016 Reply

    I remember when Barbie first came out.She wore a black and white bathing suit and ponytail. My Mom bought me the brunette Barbie.

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      Ruth June 21, 2016 Reply

      Cool memory! thanks for sharing

  10. Cheryl Everitt July 4, 2016 Reply

    I had forgotten how Barbie and Ken came into being! Thank you!

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      Ruth July 4, 2016 Reply

      Glad I could help Cheryl!

  11. Lynne B September 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for that bit of Barbie trivia!

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