Instruction Card, Barbie, Astronaut, Toys R Us

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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 is the instruction sheet 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, or pilot.

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

ca. 1994

Inventory Number

A20070119002

Credit Line

Gift of Mattel, Inc., El Segundo, CA

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

CHINA

Materials

Paper

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W): 21.6 x 14cm (8 1/2 x 5 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