The Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet – 1962

Here is the second of the three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets I recently added to my collection. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old!

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 blue version wardrobe booklet – Barbie, Ken and Midge. Click images to go bigger.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

14 thoughts on “The Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet – 1962

  1. So nice that you posted these booklets! I wanted to know what was in all of them, so I purchased all of them on eBay; then I came across this post, of course! I am glad to have them as a finishing touch for my 1960’s Barbie clothing collection. They really are fantastic!

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    • Thanks, Kristi 🙂 You’re right, they are fantastic little booklets, and I was surprised to see a fair few others in addition to the few I have. Excellent you’ve managed to collect them all! Can imagine your 1960s collection is looking even more fab now! I have a boxed 1980s beach Barbie and her dune buggy, and a boxed Wonder Woman Barbie. Would like to add a third one day… not sure which one yet… so many versions and playsets to choose from 🙂


  2. Again, I’m really taken by the art. I love the style and that’s top drawer stuff. Not the kinda thing I would have associated with a toy, y’know?

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  3. I just adore this! I am a huge Barbie fan. She’s gotten a raw deal over the last 10-20 years.
    I could do whole Op-Ed on the topic, which I would tie into beauty pageants.
    I’m sick about the gown competition being tossed out with bathing suits in Miss America. That is so misguided!? Gowns are not the issue.
    I need to find more TIME!!
    I want to sketch a model, and then do Art Gowns for her. It would be Paper Doll Art Gowns. People could just print them out, and have fun.
    Thank you for all your work!!! XXOO

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    • Thanks so much, Resa. I simply can’t wait for you to do an Art Gown project based on Barbie. Will be brilliant to see what you come up with!
      Looking at the vast array of clothing and accessories that were available for the dolls in the 60s, I can’t help think that this must have been such a wonderful toy to own and collect back then. I also like how – especially in the 80s – Barbie saw a huge range of vehicles from sports cars to scooters to buggies, jeeps and camper vans added to her line. Such a great and enduring toy.


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