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Barbie at "50"!

Were you one of the children who spent countless make-believe hours playing with your "Barbie" doll ? 

Well guess what -- Barbie   just turned 50 years old.

"Introduced at a toy fair in New York City on March 9, 1959 as a teenage fashion model", the original Barbie cost $3.00.  Over the years she has had numerous careers and has appeared in many countries around the world with her appearance changing to suit whatever country she is sold in. 

She has been the subject of children's books and music, and has even been a topic of  social research

Quite the doll.