Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962

I recently picked up three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old – amazing to think she’s still going strong today at 60! Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the first booklet – Barbie and Ken – the others to follow another time soon. Click images to go bigger and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

12 thoughts on “Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962

  1. J.

    These are exceptional. I love that whole 60โ€™s aesthetic and this is exactly what I love about it. Incredible find.


    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      Thanks Wibi ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re brilliant aren’t they. There are another 2 Barbie catalogues to be posted up soon, same style as this one. It was a lucky find I spotted, along with some other early 60s toy paperwork.


  2. Resa

    Ahh, I love Barbie! This is really great. I was definitely influenced by Barbie. Look at all the Art Gowns I do on my Judy. They are my adult dolls, in a way. Also, every Art Gown has a name, just as each Barbie outfit has a name. I wonder if I sub-consciously drew on that?
    Anyway, at some point I’ll do, with your permission, a Barbie Section … in one of my Art Gowns Updates posts, and use some of your pics. Of course you will get full credits and cheers from me.
    If you don’t like this idea, no problem. I’m easy!

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    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      Glad you like. She’s one of my favourite toy lines. The 1960s catalogues I recently picked up are just packed with gorgeous Barbie fashion art! And… of course dear Resa, please go ahead and use any pics you want for a post – I’d be honoured to be a small part of your art gowns series ๐Ÿ™‚ X

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