First BARBIE DOLL Unveiled this Day 1959
This was the start of something big. On this day in 1959, the first Barbie Doll was unveiled at the American Toy Fair in New York City. The doll, her friends, her clothing and other accessories allowed Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler to afford her very own dream house. We don't know if she's had some "work done," but Barbie still looks great at 58. Pictured below, Barbie and Ken.