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The very first Barbie doll was launched in March 1959 by American businesswoman Ruth Handler. The original Barbie doll was introduced in both blonde and brunette. This doll for girls managed completely change the toy industry, becoming a standard for which all other modern dolls are graded.
The Barbie model lines from vintage era lasted from 1959 to 1966. Between 1967 and 1972 Barbie dolls entered into Mod era. During the first few decades on the market, vintage Barbie dolls managed to become incredibly popular and influential. Here you can find more about most popular early Barbie models.
Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, handmade from wood. There are two types: traditional and creative. While "traditional" kokeshi dolls are very simple in their design with round heads and cylindrical limbless bodies, "creative" are more shapely and in different colors. They were originally souvenirs for Japanese tourists but today are artistic folk art.
There are so many types of dolls in the world that it is practically impossible to know everything about them. Yet we can try. Here are some interesting facts about dolls.