Tag Archives: Barbie 1980s

Toy shop snap shot: Hamleys of Regent Street London W.1.

Peter and Jane: We Have Fun. Lady Bird Books. 1964 / 2004.


Hamleys toy shop based in Regent Street, London, England, was founded in 1760 by William Hamley. It is the biggest and oldest toy shop in the world, and prides itself on selling not only traditional toys but newer toys that enter the market. Hamleys Book of Toys, Sports and Games, Christmas 1983 states

“Whilst traditional toys and dolls are as popular as ever, a vast revolution has nevertheless taken place in toyland. Electronic games and home computers have captured the imagination of children and their parents throughout the world.”

The Hamleys book goes on to announce the creation of a vast 4,000 sq. ft electronic games complex called ‘A Step Ahead’ with trained technology advisors on hand to guide customers through what surely must have been described back then as ‘video game heaven’.



Hamleys also announce another new department ‘Small World’ featuring international dolls furniture and miniatures, as well as extra space given over for their ground floor Star Wars department.

The 123 page Hamleys Christmas book is wonderfully presented with photographs and descriptive text, giving us a sense of not just what the toys looked like back in 1983 but what they did too, Enjoy the scans!

The 1983 Christmas Book of Toys, Sports and Games by Hamleys. Front and rear cover. The front ‘cover subject’ is “Toy Lady” while the back features one of Hamleys famous bears.































Hamleys “A Step Ahead” Electronic Games Complex







That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the scans. Thanks for looking 🙂

Further reading: A history of Hamleys by Hamleys

 

Around the world with Barbie

barbie logo

Barbie is a popular US fashion doll created by Ruth Handler. Launched by Mattel in 1959, Barbie was inspired by the 1955 German Bild Lilli doll which was created following Lilli’s success as a comic strip character. As well as Barbie dolls, accessories, play sets and vehicles, the brand has appeared in books, clothing, cosmetics, video games, animated films, and a range of household goods. Barbie (along with her boyfriend Ken) has also appeared in the Pixar films Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

TVTA has an extensive collection of Barbie ads from around the world, and is proud to present this country-by-country showcase of the enduring doll, her friends, clothing lines, accessories, play sets and other related merchandise. Enjoy 🙂

BARBIE: as advertised in France

Barbie bonjour Pif Gadget 816 FR 1984

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

Barbie Bonsoir Pif Gadget 816 FR 1984

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. La Journal de Mickey. 1983.

France. La Journal de Mickey. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

1960s. France.

1973. France.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.


BARBIE: as advertised in the US

Barbie and Ken booklet. 1962. US.

Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet, yellow version, 1962.

Barbie and Ken booklet. 1962. US.

Ken Mix ‘n Match Fashion Paks. 1962.

Barbie’s Fashion Shop. 1962.

Barbie Fan Club and Magazine. 1962.

Barbie and Midge Mix ‘n Match Fashion Paks. 1962.

Fashion Queen Barbie. 1962.

Barbie and Ken Fashion Patterns. 1962.


BARBIE: as advertised in Denmark

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1988.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1988.


BARBIE: as advertised in the UK

UK. Prima. 1987.

UK. Prima. 1987.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.


BARBIE: as advertised in Italy

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Barbie. 1986. Italy.


BARBIE: as advertised in the Netherlands

1987. Intertoys. Netherlands.

De Speelboom N°3. Nov. 1987. Netherlands.


BARBIE: as advertised in Benelux

Benelux. 1970.


BARBIE: as advertised in Belgium

1960s. Belgium.


official site: http://www.barbie.com/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie


Post updated November 2018 with new images.