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Vintage Barbie Resource Books

Must-Haves Books for Collectors

Barbie Fashion

MOD Barbie
Barbie Fashion: Volume 1 and Barbie Fashion: Volume 2, two volumes chocked full of vintage Barbie fashion identification from Sarah Sink Eames, cover all of the vintage outfits with beautiful color photos and detailed descriptions.  These two books are all you'll ever need to identify this period of vintage Barbie clothing.

Every accessory that came with the outfit is shown in the photograph, along with a description.   Both books include fashion sections for Ken, Skipper, Tutti and Francie as well as the release dates on the dolls.
Vintage Barbie Doll The Ultimate Barbie Doll Book has detailed descriptions of all the Barbie family -- manufacturing numbers, mold, copyright, makeup colors, accessories, manufacturing flaws. I doubt there will ever be another book with this much information on the early Barbie years at Mattel.
Vintage Barbie Dream House Little Theatre Fashion Shop Barbie Structures and Furniture, a delightful book of the earliest Barbie structures and accessories, including MOD.  Just seeing the pristine structures like Barbie's Little Theatre set up in scenes is worth the price of this book.  Each structure has the official accessories listed.
The books below are all resource guides for one specific aspect of vintage Barbie collecting. They are out of print, so they've become collector's items themselves somewhat because they're hard to find. Used book dealers sell them on Amazon. Once you get on the Amazon landing page, click the "Available from these sellers" link.
Skipper Barbie's Little Sister Skipper:  Barbie's Little Sister is the ultimate resource guide for everything Skipper.  It includes outfits from Skipper's beginning to 1978, international outfits and prototypes you'll never see anywhere else.  This book is also a Tutti resource book.
Vintage Barbie Vinyl Who doesn't love those colorful vintage Barbie vinyl cases?  The Barbie Doll Vinyl Cases book includes photos and information about every size, shape, color, and accessory you can imagine connected to vintage Barbie "Ponytail" vinyls.
Francie & Her Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion Francie & Her Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion is everything you ever wanted to know about Barbie's cousin, Francie.  Such a colorful book beginning with Francie fashions from 1966 on.  Color photographs of pure psychedelic power.
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