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Barbie

Teenage Doll
1959 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This object is one of a collection given to the museum. This collection is quite important as it belonged to Dennis Arkinstall. Dennis worked in the toy industry for a company called Lines Brothers Ltd, they were mostly famous for their Tri-ang range of toys. Dennis was a sculptor and worked in the research and development of new toys for the company in particular the dolls which were produced under the Pedigree trade name. The catalogues highlight that their range of dolls are realistic and produced by a sculptor. We do not know when Dennis started working at the factory but we know that he was an influential figure in the designing of their most popular doll Sindy, which was produced in 1963.

This collection includes dolls from other manufactures as he would have collected them to inspire new ideas. They are often just heads, which was not uncommon as these were usually exported in large numbers and the bodies made at their destination as it was a cheap way to manufacture. The collection also includes moulds and experimental pieces from the factory as well as complete ones in their presentation boxes.

This particular object is a Barbie made by Mattel in 1960. Barbie was first launched at a 1959 New York toy fair wearing this black and white striped bathing suit.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 8 parts.

  • Doll
  • Doll Accessory
  • Doll Accessory
  • Doll Accessory
  • Packaging
  • Packaging
  • Packaging
  • Doll Accessory
Materials and Techniques
Vinyl, fabric, card Card with printed paper coating, plastic, synthetic threads
Brief Description
Barbie doll wearing a black and white swimsuit made in 1959 by Mattel in USA
Dimensions
  • Doll height: 295
  • Doll width: 74mm
  • Doll depth: 44mm
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Donald Arkinstall
Object history
This item belonged to Dennis Arkinstall, who worked for Lines Brothers Ltd as a sculptor. It was given to the museum by his son after his death.
Summary
This object is one of a collection given to the museum. This collection is quite important as it belonged to Dennis Arkinstall. Dennis worked in the toy industry for a company called Lines Brothers Ltd, they were mostly famous for their Tri-ang range of toys. Dennis was a sculptor and worked in the research and development of new toys for the company in particular the dolls which were produced under the Pedigree trade name. The catalogues highlight that their range of dolls are realistic and produced by a sculptor. We do not know when Dennis started working at the factory but we know that he was an influential figure in the designing of their most popular doll Sindy, which was produced in 1963.



This collection includes dolls from other manufactures as he would have collected them to inspire new ideas. They are often just heads, which was not uncommon as these were usually exported in large numbers and the bodies made at their destination as it was a cheap way to manufacture. The collection also includes moulds and experimental pieces from the factory as well as complete ones in their presentation boxes.



This particular object is a Barbie made by Mattel in 1960. Barbie was first launched at a 1959 New York toy fair wearing this black and white striped bathing suit.
Collection
Accession Number
B.72:1 to 8-2010

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record createdDecember 30, 2010
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