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Barbie Doll
TitleBarbie Doll
Object NameBarbie Doll
Manufactured ForMattel
DescriptionThis is either the Christie doll, released in 1968 as the first widely marketed African-American Barbie doll, or the slightly later Julia doll of 1969, linked to the popular television series Julia starring Diahann Carroll. While Christie's and Julia's body types and skin colors were as unrealistic as Barbie's, their introduction indicated the shift in American racial perceptions that was still just beginning in the late 1960s.
Date Manufactured1968 or 1969
MaterialPolyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Manufacturing ProcessInjection Molded
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2003.698
DonorGift of National Plastics Center. Originally Gift of Ms. Louella White
Broad SubjectToys and Games
Date Digital2009
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