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TRACY STRATFORD IS A LIVING DOLL TODAY

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Tracy Stratford as seen in “Living Doll”, the 126th episode (season 5)

of the CBS television
anthology series The Twilight Zone. Original air
date was November 1, 1963.

 

Noblemania:
Tracy Allison Stratford was born January 19, 1955 in Los Angeles, Calif.


Tracy Stratford also appeared on TV’s Ben Casey (1961) and The
New Loretta Young
Show
(1962).

 


June Foray (born June Lucille Forer)
(September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017)

In 1960, June Foray provided the voice for Mattel‘s original Chatty Cathy doll; capitalizing on this, Foray also voiced the malevolent
“Talky Tina” doll in the Twilight Zone episode Living Doll“.

 

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Telly Savalas with the Living Doll. 

 

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FASHION DOLL KEN IS HAVING A BIRTHDAY

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Ken is a doll and fictional character introduced by Mattel in 1961 as
the counterpart of
Barbie, who was introduced two years earlier.

Similar to his female counterpart, Ken has a fashionable line of
clothing and accessories. In the Barbie mythos, Ken met Barbie
on the set of a TV commercial. He is Barbie’s boyfriend, as it is
written on every box produced since 1961. Since his debut, Ken
has held at over 40 occupations. He was invented by Elliot
Handler
(below).

 

March 13 – Ken Day | Vintage barbie dolls, Barbie friends, Vintage barbie

Elliot Handler dies at 95; co-founder of Mattel, inventor of Hot Wheels | Vintage barbie dolls, Barbie dolls, Original barbie doll
Ruth and Elliot Handler, creators of Ben and Barbie.

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DOLL MADE ITS DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy
Fair in New York City.

Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-
produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman
behind Barbie was Ruth Handler (below), who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with
her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls
to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there
was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to
imagine the future.

Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German
comic strip character.

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Mattell founders Ruth and Elliot Handler with a Barbie doll.

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Ruth Marianna Handler(Mosko)
(November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002)


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DOLL CELEBRATES 60 YEARS THIS WEEKEND

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The first Barbie doll was officially unveiled on March 9,
1959, at the New York Toy Fair and 60 years later she’s
still a sensation among children and the adults who
grew up playing with her and her friends.

Barbie doll was created by Ruth Handler, the co-founder
of Mattel, whose daughter was named Barbara
.

The full name of the first doll was Barbie Millicent Roberts,
and she was from Willows, Wisconsin. Barbie’s job was a teenage fashion model. Now, however, the doll has been
made in versions connected to over 125 different careers, including President of the United States.

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Mattell founders Ruth and Elliott Handler with a Barbie doll.

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THE CREATOR OF RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY

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Johnny Gruelle (December 24, 1880 – January 9, 1938)

Gruelle was an artist, political cartoonist, children’s book author
and illustrator (and even songwriter). He is known as the creator
of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. He had such confidence in
his work that he would often create the final ink work without first
sketching in pencil. Gruelle spent a year in Ashland, Oregon from
1923–1924.

RAGGEDY ANN BOOK

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