Barbie is 50 today! Wow. That is nearly unbelievable. My parents didn't own a TV set until I was 10 years old. I didn't see any advertisements for Barbie, yet I wanted one when I was four. Where did I ever see a Barbie? Maybe in the Simpson Sears catalogue. I devoured that book.
My parents gave me a knock-off Barbie doll for my 5th birthday. I still have her. Here she is! I can't remember what I named her, but I played with her for hours. I guess she's really a knock-off of the Tammy doll. My mom bought her at the Woolworth's store on Hastings Street in Vancouver for $1.99. Her outfits were 99 cents. The black case I kept her in was 99 cents too. My mom wouldn't buy me the real Barbie because she didn't think she was appropriate for young girls! I finally got my first Barbie this year. (see photo above) I couldn't resist her. I had Francie (for my 9th birthday) and Stacey (for my 8th birthday from an aunt) but never Barbie.
Here is the doll case.