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The Evolution of Barbie: World’s Famous Doll
Ruth Handler, wife of Elliot Handler the co-founder of the Mattel Corporation, got the idea for Barbie from a visit to Germany. Mattel manufactured Barbie™ ,and debuted at her the American Toy Fair in 1959. Barbie’s designer, Charlotte Johnson, first designs were a bridal gown, tennis shoes, ballerina outfit, and something for the football game.
Despite strong opposition from Mattel for the fact that male dolls don’t usually do well on the market, Ken was introduced in 1961. From then on, Barbie was catapulted into mainstream society as the worlds most famous doll and the rest is history!