Learn more about the history behind the doll that has always offered girls. Then, in 1959, the first Barbie doll-named after Ruth's daughter-made its debut at .
History & Culture. The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel, whose own daughter was named Barbara. Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
The original Barbie doll was introduced in both blonde and brunette. This doll. The history of modern toy industry changed forever when Ruth Handler, wife of a .
Barbie makes her debut. On this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features.