Helmet, Barbie, Miss Astronaut

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This plastic helmet is an accessory for the Miss Astronaut silver spacesuit created by Mattel in 1965.

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, or pilot. Ironically, Barbie's role as "Miss Astronaut" with her Project Mercury-style silver spacesuit, came years before women became a part of NASA's astronaut corps in 1978.

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

ca. 1964

Inventory Number

A20070121004

Credit Line

Gift of Mattel, Inc., El Segundo, CA

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

Japan

Materials

Plastic

Dimensions

3-D: 4.4 x 2.5 x 5.1cm (1 3/4 x 1 x 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