Jumat, 02 April 2010

Ruth Handler (inventor of Barbie dolls)

Barbie was the idea of Ruth Handler. Handler was co-founder of Mattel toys, and the mother of a young daughter who was more interested in fashions than in baby dolls. While traveling in Europe, Handler saw Lilli, a fashion doll from Germany. Then, she realized what many American girls wanted-a doll that looked like a glamorous teenager with lots of clothes.

Ruth Handler worked with Mattel employees to create an American version of Lilli. Only Handler's employees, who actually sculpted the doll's face and figured out how to make its joints bend, have their names on the patents for the doll. But Handler got to name the doll Barbie after her daughter.

Mattel introduced Barbie and her first line of outfits in 1959. Since then, the company has sold more than 500 million Barbies. She now ranks as the best-selling doll in history

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