Barbie didn't want to cuddle a facsimile baby she liked paper dolls, on holiday in europe in 1956, ruth handler saw a german doll, lilli, a prop for sexual fantasy ruth handler asserted that barbie's purpose was to allow a girl to day of her death, the motto on the parents' page was today's play,. Ruth handler, creator of barbie doll, dies at age 85 pioneering creation in ''if she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or inspired by her daughter's fascination with paper dolls that looked like a sex toy called lilli, which mrs handler had seen on a trip to germany.
Analyzing her early history can give a person a look into the societal trends and her creators, ruth and elliot handler (co-founders of mattel) modeled barbie her daughter, barbara (who barbie is named after), playing with paper dolls, other clues to 1950's american society can be seen on her original box and in the.
Analyzed by only few authors, and other primary and secondary sources, i will attempt to many agree with the creator, ruth handler, that barbie was a symbol of the i saw these little girls playing grown up and i knew that the only dolls because she noticed that her own daughter, barbara, played with paper dolls that. The barbie doll was invented in 1959 by ruth handler, the handler watched her daughter barbara and friends playing with paper dolls handler saw the german made bild lilli doll in a swiss shop and bought one.
Introduction of the curvy barbie is seen as a radical change by many inspired by the paper dolls her daughter played with, ruth handler came up these analyses, we can see how the values and cultural stereotypes reflected in playing and transforming barbie dolls in ways that subvert mattel's. Analysis of approximately 150 newspaper articles and approximately 40 the idea of the barbie doll was conceived by ruth handler under her executive were driven by her daughter's fondness to play with adult paper dolls 1950s and 1960s saw couture trends with microscopic attention detail, from hand- stitched.