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Barbie 35th Anniversary Reproduction of Original 1959 Barbie image 1
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, 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.

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First Barbie TV commercial in 1959.

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The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler,who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945.

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On January 23, 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company rolled
out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs—now known
to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where
William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students
from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each
other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick
Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic
version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further
and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it
to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt

to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying

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Walter Frederick Morrison

(January 23, 1920 – February 9, 2010)

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A Christmas Story (1983) - IMDb

A Christmas Story
is a 1983
Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd‘s semi-fictional anecdotes in his
1966 book
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.

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Benjamin Robert Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007)

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Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999),

Peter Billingsley Today: See The 'A Christmas Story' Star Then & Now –  Hollywood Life
Actor,director, and producer Peter Billingsley turned 50 April
16, 1971.

You'll shoot your eye out! - christmas story2 | Meme Generator

The most famous BB gun in the world, the Daisy Red Ryder
is a classic tradition that’s as strong now as it was when it
was designed more than 80 years ago.

A Christmas Story': The leg lamp set to take the stage at NMU | News,  Sports, Jobs - The Mining Journal

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(FoxNews) – A rare "Star Wars" toy from 1980 sold at auction this
week for more than $12,000.

The toy, a figure of Princess Leia Organa, was in its original
packaging, which featured a rare picture card – also known as
a transitional card,.  

Expert Nick Dykes, of Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees,
U.K.told the news agency that the Princess Leia figure in its
rare packaging, could be one of just a few in existence.

The  figure was part of a collection made by British toy company
Palitoy and released in 1980 to coincide with the release of "
Empire Strikes Back
" film in the "Star Wars" franchise. 

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Image 1 - 1961-Ken-doll-in-Tuxedo-in-original-box-750

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


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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