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Barbie Doll History - Invention of the Barbie Doll

Ruth and Elliot Handler co-founded in 1945, and 14 years later in 1959, Ruth Handler invented the Barbie doll, or as Ruth Handler refers to herself, "I'm Barbie's mom."

Ruth Handler undeniably invented an American icon that functions as both a steady cynosure for girls' dreams and an ever-changing reflection of American society. This can be seen in the history of Barbie's clothes, in her various "face lifts" that suit the times, in her professional, political, and charitable endeavors, and more recently, in the multi-culturalizing of her product line. There is little doubt that Barbie will accompany America into the new millennium.

Ruth Handler (& the Barbie Doll) - Winnetka School District 36

  • Ruth Handler invented something in 1959 which became so quintessentially American as to be included in the official "America's Time Capsule" buried at the celebration of the Bicentennial in 1976: the Barbie doll.
  • Ruth Handler biography, birth date, birth place and pictures

    Ruth and Elliot Handler co-founded in 1945, and 14 years later in 1959, Ruth Handler invented the Barbie doll, or as Ruth Handler refers to herself, "I'm Barbie's mom."

    In 1959, Ruth Handler invented something that became so quintessentially American as to be included in the official "America's Time Capsule," buried at the celebration of the Bicentennial in 1976: the Barbie doll.