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Well folks, here we are at 1966, the Twilight Zone of Barbie doll!  What a year! The year that now appears on the rear-end or backs of nearly every new Barbie doll that is made. And this can be very confusing to the novice or non-collector of Vintage Barbie dolls.  So how can we really tell if our Barbie doll is actually from the 1960s?  One of the easiest ways to identify a true 1960's Barbie doll is by looking, yes, you guessed it, at her rear-end.  Of course we already know that the date may not tell us the truth.  So, the best way to tell is by looking for the place that Barbie doll was made.  In this instance you want to see the name of Japan on the rear end of your girl!  The early Barbie dolls were "made in Japan" and this is one of the best ways to identify a true 1960s doll.  But this is where the confusion starts, because there were some 1970s Barbie dolls that were also "made in Japan".   Hoo boy!  Are you still following me?  Good!

Another way to identify a 1960s doll is by looking at her lashes.  To be a genuine old doll they may have either one of two styles of eyelashes.  The first and earliest was a black ridge over her eye that stood out away from her eye much like the visor of a hat.  Very strange, but effective and to a collector, a beautiful sight!  The next style of lash was actual rooted hairs above the eye line, Barbie ® doll with real eyelashes!

Here's one:

Ready to be more confused?  This was the 1967 new Twist N Turn Barbie doll!  She is marked copyright 1966-Mattel, Inc.-U.S. Patented-U.S. Pat. Pend-Made in-Japan.  

Here's another twist, the 1967 and 1969 Standard Barbie doll did not have the lash ridge or the rooted lashes!  And her tush was marked Midge T.M-copyright 1962-Barbie ® -copyright 1958-by-Mattel, Inc-Patented.

So now you are even more confused?  Well, then, let's just note some things that will tell you how a doll is not from the 1960s.

Your doll is not from the 1960s if:

  1. She has "Malaysia, Philippines, China, Indonesia" on her rear or back.
  2. She has arms bent at the elbow.
  3. She has a big plastic ring in her finger or a hole in her fingers for the ring.
  4. If she's carrying a boom box, roller blades, microwave oven or any other device that did not exist in the 1960s!
  5. She has white panties molded on her.
  6. She has white stockings painted on her.
  7. She's smiling and her pretty white teeth are showing.
  8. She has hair down to her feet!

And now, you are ready to leave the 1966 Twilight Zone!  You may still be a little confused about some of the markings, but at least you are armed with a bit of knowledge that will help you identify your dolls. Good luck..

Here's the sixty Barbie and Friends with 1966 in their Markings and made between 1959-1976:

(the slash mark indicates a new line in the marking)

1967-71 Barbie, TNT (1160)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967 Barbie Trade-in (1162)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967-70 Casey (1180)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967-68 Francie, black (1100)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967-71 Francie, TNT (1170)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967-68 Twiggy (1185)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1968-71 Stacey, TNT (1165)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1968-71 Stacey, TNT (1165)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1969-71 Julia, TNT (1127)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1970-71 Francie, Hair Happenins (1122)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1970-72 Christie, TNT (1119)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1970-71 P. J., TNT (1118)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1971 Barbie, hair Happenins (1122)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1971-72 Barbie, Malibu (1067)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1971-71 Francie, Malibu (1068)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1972 Barbie, Forget-Me-Not (3269)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Japan

1967 Barbie, Trade In (some) 1162

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in Japan

1970-71 Francie, Grow Pretty hair (1129)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./

U.S. Pat. Other/Pats. Pend./Pat Canada/1967/Japan

1971-72 Francie Grow Pretty hair (1074)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Pat. Other/Pats. Pend./Pat Canada/1967/Japan

1972 P.J. Malibu (1187)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/Other Pats. Pend./Made in/Japan

1972 Barbie, busy (3311)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/U.S.A.

1972 Steffie, busy (3312)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/U.S.A.

1972 Francie, busy (3313)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./Hong Kong/U.S. & foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending

1973-75 Barbie, quick curl (4220)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1973-75 Kelley, quick curl (4221)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1973 Miss America (Kellogg's) (3194-9991)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

Early 1973-74 Christie Malibu (7745)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

Early 1973-74 Barbie, Malibu (1067)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1973-74 P. J., Malibu (1187)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1974 Miss America (Kellogg's) 31944

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1974-75 Barbie, Sweet 16 (7796)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1974 Barbie, Sun Valley (7806)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1974-75 Barbie, Newport (7807)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1974 Kelley, Yellowstone (7808)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975 Barbie, Gold Medal (7233)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975-76 Barbie, Gold Medal Skater (7262)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975-76 Barbie, Gold Medal Skier (7264)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975-76 P.J., Gold medal Gymnast (7263)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975 Miss America (Kellogg's) 8697

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1975-76 Sears Barbie set (9042)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1976 Barbie, Deluxe Quick curl (9217)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1976 P.J. Deluxe Quick Curl (9218)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1976 Cara, Deluxe Quick Curl (9220)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Taiwan

1973-74 Francie, Quick Curl (4222)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./Taiwan/U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending

1973 Barbie, Busy (3311)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Hong Kong

1973 Steffie, Busy (3312)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Hong Kong

1974 Babs, Steffie (7888)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in/Hong Kong

1973-76 Francie, Malibu (1068)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1973-75 Barbie (8587)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

Late 1974-76 P. J., Malibu (1187)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

Late 1974-76 Christie, Malibu (7745)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

Late 1974-76 Barbie, Malibu (1067)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S.Patented/U.S.Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1975-76 Barbie, Hawaiian (7407)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1975-76 Sears Barbie set (9044)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1975-76 Barbie, Funtime (7192)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1976 Barbie, Beautiful Bride (9599)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./Made in/Korea

1975 Cara, Quick Curl (7291)

©1966/Mattel, Inc./U.S. and Foreign/Patented/Other Pat's/Pending/Made in Taiwan

1975 Francie, baggie (7699)

©1966/Mattel, Inc. Taiwan

1975 Casey, baggie (9000)

©1966/Mattel, Inc. Taiwan

1976 Barbie, ballerina (9093)

©Mattel, Inc.1966U.S. Patent Pending Taiwan

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1976 Cara, Ballerina (9528)

©Mattel, Inc.1966/U.S. Patent Pending/Taiwan

 
Here are the only vintage dolls that were on the market in 1966:
 
 
4039 Barbie Color N Curl set

Set includes 1 molded Barbie head, 4 wigs, wig stand, hair dryer, color changer & accessories

 

4038 Barbie Color N Curl set 1965

Same as above.

 

4035 Barbie Color N Curl set - Same as above, add a Midge head.

 

Note: No markings on these as marks are only on bodies. 

 

 

1150 Barbie Color Magic

Early 1966: ©1958/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./(Raised) Made in/Japan

Late 1966:  all letters were raised.

 

 

1070 Barbie Bendable Leg

Early 1966: ©1958/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./(Raised) Made in/Japan

Late 1966:  all the letters were raised.

 

 

1080 Midge Bendable Legs

Early 1966: ©1958/Mattel, Inc./U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend./(Raised) Made in/Japan

Late 1966:  all the letters were raised.

 

Note:  All three of the above dolls have the very same markings.  Allan was discontinued in 1966 (the real Barbie had divorced him).  Francie, Skooter, Tutti & Todd were all introduced in 1966.

 

Productielanden/Countrys of Production/Herstellungs Länder:

Japan from 1959 to 1977

Mexico from 1967 to 1970 & 1989 to 1990

Hong Kong from 1970 to 1987

Taiwan from 1970 to 1987

Korea from 1973 tot 1978

U.S.A. from 1976 to 1978

Philippines from 1978 to 1988

China from 1985 until now

Malaysia from 1985 until now

Indonesia from 1991 until now

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