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Dec. 20th, 2005 | 10:23 am
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

I found this info on identifying ponytails. Hope this is helpful:

Identifying Ponytails


The #1 Ponytail was produced in 1959 but was only on the market for a few months. She has no color in her eyes. The irises are black and white. She has thick black eye liner all around her eyes. The eye brows are arched and pointed. Lip color and nail color is a vivid red. Her hair is a soft "saran" with curly bangs. Only blond and brunette were available and the Blond out numbered the Brunette 2:1. Each of her feet have a hole in the ball with a copper tubing to accommodate the stand that came with her. Her body is solid, and over time usually becomes pale or ivory white. It is made of a heavy plastic/vinyl that some say smells like crayons. The first line on the Butt marking was "Barbie TM" and the second line read "Pats. Pend".

Barbie TM
Pats. Pend.
c MCMLVIII By Mattel Inc.


The #2 Barbie is almost identical to the #1 except that she doesn't have the holes in her feet (she came with a black wire stand that was attached to the black base). This doll was only manufactured for 3 months. This makes it a very hard to find doll.


The #3 was issued in 1960 and had a softer look. The eye brows were curved rather than arched, and the eyes were now blue with a blue or brown eye liner on the upper lids. She developed the ivory or pale skin tone over time just as the first two Barbies did.

The first three Barbies also had flocking on their head underneath the hair (which is only rooted along the edges.)


Later in 1960 the #4 Ponytail came out and was identical to the #3 but was made out a vinyl that retained it's tanned flesh tone, her arms and legs were more rubbery than the later barbies and she only came with blue eye liner.

The First 4 Barbies had a "TM" marking on their Butts right after the word Barbie. In 1961 the "TM" was changed to a "R"

Barbie R
Pats. Pend.
c MCMLVIII By Mattel Inc.

In 1961, Mattel changed the doll again and created a hollow body doll. The arms and legs were now of a harder, stiffer plastic material. The #5 Barbie now had a wider variety of hair colors. Her hair was now a coarser or firmer texture. The #5 seemed to develop a "Greasy Face" over time. Most Barbies from this year had red lips.

In 1962, the #6 Ponytail Barbie was similar to the #5 without the "greasy face" problem.

The lip and nail polish now varied from bright red to pink. Barbie was now dressed in a red jersey Swimsuit.

In 1963, The Midge Doll, Fashion Queen, and Bubble Cut Barbie were introduced and Barbie shared her body with them. Barbie now had markings on the Butt that said

Midge TM
c 1962
Barbie R
c 1958
By Mattel, Inc

The only difference between these Barbies was the head.

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I Have So Much!

Dec. 6th, 2005 | 10:59 am
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

I have so much Barbie stuff!! I was cleaning out the bedroom, and came upon more Barbie stuff that had been stored in the corner. I need to deal with this stuff, and place it in an appropriate place. I may have to sell some of it on eBay so that our house doesn't get too clogged up with Barbie collectibles. I am mostly interested in 1959 to 1972 Barbies, and anything later than this is up for bid! I may hold back a few things that are later, but not very much.

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Christmas Barbies

Nov. 30th, 2005 | 02:47 pm
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

I have never received a Christmas Barbie before, but I'd really like one that is dressed in a Victorian dress.

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I Have Picked Out Two Barbies!

Nov. 20th, 2005 | 07:44 pm
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

I have finally chosen the two Barbies that I want for Christmas from that catalog that came in the mail a few weeks ago.

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Barbie Catalog

Oct. 29th, 2005 | 12:55 pm
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

Just received the Barbie Collector 2005 Holiday Gift Guide in the mail!! Hey, guys, it's terrific!

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Bubblecut Barbies Are For Me

Oct. 20th, 2005 | 02:36 pm
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posted by: ponytail_ginger in vintagebarbies

I have decided that Bubblecut Barbies are for me. I think that my collecting will slow down on the Ponytail Barbies for awhile, and I'll start pricing bubblecuts on eBay. There are 3 bubblecuts in my collection, my original dark brown, a blonde, and a redhead. I would like to get some of the lighter hued blondes to add to my collection too. I really like the redhead, though.

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First Post For VintageBarbies Community

Oct. 19th, 2005 | 09:34 am
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Doll Collecting How to Identify Your Vintage Ponytail Barbie

Which Ponytail Barbie do you have? There are 6 versions of the vintage ponytail Barbie, and their value varies from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred.

Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

1. Examine your ponytail Barbie. Note her facial features, skin color, feet, feel of her torso and hair.
2. Note the markings on Barbies behind.
3. Does your doll have white irises, severely arched eyebrows and holes in her feet/copper tubing in legs? Is the original swimsuit a white and black zebra suit? Is her skin faded nearly white? Does her torso feel solid? Are the markings Barbie™/Pats. Pend./©MCMLVIII/by Mattel/Inc? If so, congratulations! You have a #1 ponytail Barbie.
4. If your Barbie meets all of the criteria in step 3 EXCEPT that she does not have holes in her feet/copper tubing, then you have a #2 ponytail.
5. If your Barbie meets the criteria of step 4 EXCEPT that the doll has blue irises AND the eyebrows are curved, THEN you have a #3 ponytail. #3s can have blue OR brown eyeliner and they sometimes smell like crayola crayons.
6. If your Barbie meets the criteria in step 5 EXCEPT that her skin tone is tan, then you have a #4 ponytail. #4s and above only have blue eyeliner.
7. If your Barbie meets the criteria in step 5, EXCEPT that the body is hollow (not solid) and the doll is marked Barbie® and NOT Barbie ™ then you have a #5 ponytail. #5s were also the first to come as a redhead, so if you have a redhead you immediately know that it is a #5 or #6. #5s also sometimes have a 'greasy" face from migrating plasticizer.
8. Finally, IF your Barbie wears an original red jersey swimsuit, and it has a slightly chubbier face, your Barbie is most likely a #6. Some experts do not differentiate between a #5 or a #6, and there is little difference in value. You know for sure if you have a #6 ponytail if the markings read "Midge™/© 1962/Barbie®/© 1958/by/Mattel, Inc" (only #6s produced in 1963 and 1964 had this marking).


1. Reproduction ponytails were produced by Mattel in the 1990s. Reproductions are marked Barbie/©1958, 1993/Mattel, Inc./Malaysia.

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