The first-ever Barbie commercial

Hey, lovers of vintage and kitch. This one-minute ad, which first aired in 1959 during the Mickey Mouse Club, features a hypnotic jingle with lyrics like, “Purses, hats, and gloves galore; and all the gadgets gals adore.” Back then Barbie cost a cool $3. (She’d have to wait two more years before Ken came along. Speaking of which, here’s the first Ken commercial . And, oh why not, three years later Skipper arrived. Here’s her debut .)

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