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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.
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.
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.
Collectible dolls are dolls which are predominantly made directly for the collectors market. The adult collectors market mainly includes porcelain and plastic dolls. The value of antique and collectible dolls from 19th and early 20th century rises with each passing day.