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When did the first Barbie doll come out?

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The first Barbie doll debuted on March 9, 1959, at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Ruth Handler, co-founder of toy manufacturer Mattel, developed the doll earlier that year after she noticed her daughter Barbara preferred to play with paper dolls modeled after adult women.

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When did the first Barbie doll come out?
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Mattel sold over 300,000 Barbie dolls in the first year that the company manufactured the toy. The first edition had a slim figure and came in brunette and blond variations. Although Barbie has had over 125 careers over the years, the first doll was a fashion model with clothes inspired by real styles and trends from Paris.

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