This is one of the first dolls that got me addicted to collecting Barbies! I remember having Casey when I was very young so she had to be one of my first to have left an impression like this. I was fascinated with the shiny gold shorts and dangling earring! In many cases this earring has tragically turned many Casey dolls' ears green but my doll avoided that pitfall, somehow. Whew! This photo is from my personal collection and is still one of my favs.
Casey is Francie's fun friend who shares the same body mold as Francie which makes it easy for them to raid one another's closets! In 1967 she came with rooted eyelashes and super cute chin-length hair. Francie and Casey had a third bestie they hung out with named Twiggy #1185 who was the first "personality" doll based on the '60s top model from London.
The only difference between the 1967 Casey and the 1968 - 1970 doll is that the '67 Casey with brunette hair may have oxidized to a reddish color. The latter year dolls' hair did not change color so mine must be from that era. And for a blast from the past, here is a 1967 commercial with Francie and Casey!
Talking Julia #1128 is absolutely dazzling in this gold and silver jumpsuit. And, you know, jumpsuits are back on trend! Speaking of... I need to purchase one. LOVE jumpsuits. Talking Julia depicted a TV personality, Diahann Carroll. She starred on a show called Julia which aired from 1968 until 1971. Julia was one of the first weekly series to portray an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. She played a nurse who was a widowed single mother to a little boy, Corey. Julia debuted in 1969 and also came in a Twist 'n Turn model dressed as her character, a nurse. This first doll, Twist 'n Turn Julia (1969) #1127, was dressed in a two-piece nurse uniform but in 1970 it was updated to a one-piece outfit. The doll with the two-piece nurse uniform is worth more.
I was lucky enough to recently score a 1969 NRFB Talking Julia for $120. She came with brunette hair but, as you can see, her hair typically oxidized to red over the years. When you pull the string in the back of her neck, she "spoke" with Diahann's voice! Julia is one of the few Barbie dolls who has her own wardrobe (so did Twiggy). Julia had four special outfits, such as the Sears Exclusive gift set Simply Wow #1594, but also fit in Barbie's clothes.
Did you know? 1. More than 100 Barbie dolls are sold every minute, around 60 million a year. 2. Ninety percent of American children have owned a Barbie between the ages of 3 - 12. 3. Thanks to Barbie, Mattel was the third-largest clothing manufacturer in the world during the 1960s and 1970s.
Source: Life Magazine: Barbie, 2020
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