Friday, March 25, 2011
Top 5 reference books for Vintage Barbie collectors
#2. Barbie Fashion by Sarah Sink Eames. The complete history of the wardrobes of Barbie doll, her friends, and her family. Wonderful photos. Covers the years 1959-1967. Hardcover. No index. 255 pages.
#3. Barbie Doll & Her Mod, Mod, Mod Mod World of Fashion by Joe Blitman with photography by Kevin Mulligan. Covers the years 1967-1972. Fashions are photographed on a doll as well as laid out so that you can see all the accessories. Several variations of many ensembles are shown. Photos are clear and many are humorous. Hardcover. 224 pages with index.
#4. Barbie In Japan by Keiko Kimura Shibano. If you are interested in Japan Exclusives this is the book for you. Includes a history of the manufacturing of Barbie in Japan. The photos are simply yummy. American Girls, Sideparts, Japanese Francie's and Skipper's, and other rarities are included. Hardcover. 144 pages. No index.
#5. Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Family & Friends Licensed Products, 1961-1971, Identification and Values. Comprehensive and accurate. As I am collector of Barbie licensed products, this is my most used reference book. Hardcover. 512 pages with index.
All five of these books are readily available on the secondary market. Happy reading!