Little could Ruth Handler have realized her first attempt at doll making would help create not only a fabulous doll, but also a touchstone of cultural politics and one of the most amazing success stories in the history of children’s toys. Not bad for a woman who was simply trying to give her daughter something fun to play with.
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Did you know G.I. Joe has been a comic book hero since 1942? He and his team’s battles against Cobra and his cronies started in 1982 and continue today. The popularity of 3-3/4 G.I. Joe action figures are history-making in sheer numbers sold and their level of collectability; and this summer Joe and the gang hit the big screen in a much-anticipated movie that has everyone from Hollywood heavyweights to toy collectors talking.
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Who could have guessed that one woman’s idea for a three-dimensional doll to add excitement and adventure to her daughter Barbara’s playtime would become an iconic toy and a cultural legend? Barbie® Doll has become all that and then some since she hit the toy scene in 1959. Today as she continues to turn heads at 50, this timeless beauty continues to gain new fans, of all ages, and for varying interests.
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Collecting toys has gone through some dramatic changes, but the premise of collecting remains the same—holding onto something from childhood that brings a smile to your face every time you see it. Read More +
CAMDEN, Md. – Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards (“GEM”) has unveiled a new exhibit focusing on America’s favorite blonde: Barbie. Read More +
On Thursday, Feb. 19, Swann Galleries will conduct an auction of 100 Fine Photographs. The offerings span the entire history of photography, from 19th-century albums through recent works by contemporary artists. Read More +
Kay Hofmann and her daughter Carilee Nelson got an idea while strolling through an antique mall in 1985. Read More +
On Dec. 20, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards (“GEM”) will unveil a new exhibit focusing on America’s favorite blonde: Barbie. Read More +
The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Toy & Collectible Show is an event for every antique and toy enthusiast. Read More +
People sitting on stools staring at the blinking machines in front of them, groups standing around tables tossing dice and people staring at screens with numbers flashing across them … We walked through the smoky casino and entered a world of dolls. Read More +