Vintage dolls from the 1960s include Barbie dolls and friends, the Chatty Cathy doll family and the Patti Playpal doll family. As of 2016, American toy company Mattel Inc. has sold more than a billion Barbie dolls in more than 150 countries worldwide.
Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll in 1959 and sold about 350,000 in the first year of production. The original Barbie wore a black and white striped bathing suit and sold for $3.00. In 2004, an original boxed Barbie in mint condition sold on eBay for more than $3,500.00, and in 2006, a 1965 Barbie doll sold for $17,000.00, setting a new world record. Other vintage dolls in the Barbie collection include Barbie’s boyfriend Ken, and her siblings, Skipper, Stacie, Todd, Chelsea, Kelly and Krissy.
Mattel produced the popular talking doll, Chatty Cathy, from 1960 to 1964. The 20-inch-tall vinyl doll had an innovative pull-string mechanism, allowing it to say random phrases, using a small internal turntable, needle and record. Other members of the vintage Chatty Cathy doll family include Singin' Chatty, Charmin' Chatty and Tiny Chatty Baby.
In 1959, the Ideal Toy Company created the large and lifelike Patti Playpal doll, which was 35 inches tall and designed to wear the clothing of a real girl. Other members of the doll’s family included Suzy Playpal, Penny Playpal and Peter Playpal.