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Barbie Resource Books

The Best Resource Books for Vintage Barbie & Friends

Barbie Fashion: Volume 1 Book

Barbie Fashion: Volume 2 Book

Barbie Fashion Volume I and Barbie Fashion Volume II by Sarah Sink Eames are filled with useful vintage Barbie information.  Each volume features every fashion from the respective period with beautiful color photos and detailed descriptions listing each accessory, including the Braniff fashions.  Both books include fashion sections for Ken, Skipper, Tutti and Francie as well as the release dates on the dolls.  Prototypes are also included.

These are the go-to books for Barbie collectors.  If you only bought a couple of books, Sarah's Barbie Fashion volumes are all you'd ever need to help you identify this period of vintage Barbie dolls and clothing.
The Ultimate Barbie Doll Book The Ultimate Barbie Doll Book by Marcie Melillo is a comprehensive resource for the Barbie family from 1959 into the 1990's;  manufacturing, mold copyright numbers, makeup colors, accessories, manufacturing flaws.  I doubt there will ever be another book with this much info on Barbie & friends.
Barbie Structures and Furniture Book Barbie Structures and Furniture by Marl B. Davidson, a delightful book of the earliest Mattel Barbie structures, including MOD.  Just seeing the pristine structures like Barbie's Little Theatre set up in scenes is worth the price of this book.  Each structure has the official accessories listed.
Barbie Doll Vinyl Cases Book Barbie Doll Vinyl Cases  Who doesn't love those colorful vintage Barbie vinyl cases?  Connie Craig Kaplan includes photos and information about every size, shape, color, and accessory you can imagine connected to vintage Barbie "Ponytail" vinyls including rare items.
Barbie in Japan, by fellow collector Keiko Kimura Shibano, is a book for those collectors interested in the variations of Barbie dolls and fashions released in Japan in from 1959 to 1972.  If you enjoy seeing photos of vintage Barbie looking her best and in pretty scenes, you'll absolutely love the breathtaking photos in this book.  Gorgeous.
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