Doll Accessory, Life Support Backpack, Barbie, Astronaut, Toys R' Us

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Doll Accessory, Life Support Backpack, Barbie, Astronaut, Toys R' Us

Collection Item Summary:

This helmet/backpack is an accessory for the Toys R' Us Astronaut Barbie doll issued by Mattel in 1994 commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon by Apollo 11 in 1969.

Invented by Mattel Toys co-founder Ruth Handler in 1958, Barbie dolls were conceived as a toy that would allow children to play with a doll of an adult woman, not a baby or child/companion. As such, Barbie dolls allowed their owners to act out the life of a "single career girl." In the history of this immensely-popular and iconic toy, the Barbie doll has taken on several aviation- and space-themed jobs, including several versions of Barbie as a stewardess, astronaut, and pilot.

Although three different Barbie dolls have been issued dressed in space-themed outfits, none of them offer realistic depictions of women’s participation in human spaceflight.

This doll and costume was donated to the Museum by Mattel in 1995.

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

ca. 1994

Inventory Number

A20070119008

Credit Line

Gift of Mattel, Inc.

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

CHINA

Materials

Plastic, paper

Dimensions

3-D: 7.6 x 8.9 x 11.4cm (3 x 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture