Happy 52nd Birthday, Barbie: Photographs of the Iconic Doll

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First-edition Barbie dolls from 1959 displayed in the Toy Museum in Prague. Wikimedia Commons.


Barbie turns 52 today, and although you could say she's getting a little old, she's still everywhere. Bloomberg just reported that she's been giving her manufacturer, Mattel, a serious edge in the toy industry: "The El Segundo, California-based company said higher sales of its Barbie brand boosted fourth-quarter profit above analysts' estimates." One way to celebrate the most successful doll ever? With Slate's Magnum photo gallery of Barbies all over the world and throughout time, worth a look especially for the funny, moody, Barbie-as-art-photography-model pictures near the end.

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Daniel Fromson, a former associate editor at The Atlantic, is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He writes regularly for The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, New York, and Slate.

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