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Barbie Doll Photo Album 1959 to 2009 Hardcover – Illustrated, February 8, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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About the Author

Michael Augustyniak started collecting Barbie and Ken dolls in 1988, and has attended 11 national Barbie Collector's Conventions since 1991. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1992, with a double major in English and social studies. His love of writing and photography are reflected in his books. He is considered a leading authority on Barbie.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books; 1 edition (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574326252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574326253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the title Barbie Doll Photo Album, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book, but my hopes were high since anyone familiar with J. Michael Augustyniak's other tremendous Barbie doll books knows that his titles are must-haves in any doll reference library. When I received this ASTOUNDING 450-page hardcover book, I could NOT put it down as page after page fascinated me with the brilliant colors, HUGE photographs throughout (many photos fill the ENTIRE page), wonderful close-up photos, and fascinating information regarding identification, stock numbers, trivia, and values. The lay-out was absolutely the BEST, as the book, logically, follows Barbies "life" chronologically from 1959 all the way through Christmas Holiday Barbie 2009. The book features MANY, MANY vintage rarities in new-in-box condition never shown in any other doll books, and Augustyniak treats even the more recent years with the same respect given the vintage period: with countless dolls! Ken collectors will be ecstatic as no other book has ever shown so many Ken dolls (Ken debuted in 1961 and is shown continuously through the book), and the other Barbie friends and family members are also incredibly-well represented. The great charm of this book is that the most advanced collectors as well as those just beginning collecting will find this book impossible to put down, as this visual history of Barbie through the last 50 years is simply as lovely as the doll! I would give this book a PERFECT rating, especially since I would have expected to pay far more than $29.95 for a book of this size and value!
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Great book with very informative photos of each type barbie and dates when issued. J. Michael Augustyniak has great books at a great value. Even better than this book is his 2008 book called Barbie doll Collector's Editions. Highly recommend both books.
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This book has the best Barbie doll photos! I love the large photos and the close-ups. The dolls are orangized by year, which is great. Barbie is together with her friends. It is my new favorite Barbie doll book.
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Pros:
Full color
Huge pictures and nice layout
Sequential-year-of-release formatting
Debut years of sculpts, dolls, or doll lines
Includes dolls released exclusively in other markets--unfortunately, the pros end here.

One major con for Black-doll collectors:
The omission of several, as in too-numerous-to-count African American Barbies and friends, is misleading.

If the goal was to include only Barbies, I was teased by the initial inclusion of vintage dark-skinned dolls (e.g. Francie, Christie, Brad, Cara, Curtis, Julia) into thinking all members of the Barbie and friends family would follow. The author's format consistently includes images and details for every white doll made in the lines explored, to include the different hair colors (blonde, brunette, red, etc.); but in many of the lines where dark-skinned dolls are known to exist, no mention is made of these dolls via illustration or text. A notation that the excluded dolls were manufactured (e.g. An African American version was made) would have sufficed to properly inform the reader.
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This is a fantastic book for helping identify Barbie dolls. I love that is went up to more recent years for collectors who like the later dolls! Very nice pictures and clear descriptions. I can always recommend Augustyniak's books. The only down side (if there is one) is that it doesn't cover any fashions. Also, I don't believe it covers any foreign issues. I was hoping it would. Sarah Sink Eames really needs to do some further volumes. I would like to see someone catalogue ALL separately sold authentic Mattel Barbie fashions from 1979 (where SSE's stop) up to at least the Fashion Fever closet/wave era and/or present day. I know that would be quite an undertaking because there are so many. But it would nice to have them all properly titled and id for collecting purposes. Maybe I should devote the rest of my days to doing that!
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This book is really a joy to peruse for both the novice and the advanced collector since the dolls shown are in pristine mint condition. Most of the dolls shown are new in original boxes, with spectacular out-of-box close-up photos. Kudos to the publisher for making the pictures so large, a rarity among most Barbie books. The big pictures make every detail of the dolls almost "life size," and I could visualize this book on every coffee table in households with girls; which little girl, after all, has NOT experienced the joy of playing Barbie dolls? We grown girls need our Barbie memories too, and this book really delivers. Since the book covers the full spectrum of Barbie's first 50 years, both mother (or grandmother) and daughters will enjoy looking through the book and pointing out favorite dolls once owned, or once desired but not received! The author prudently gives adequate coverage even to more recent years, the 1990s through 2009, that are often ignored in other books, while the 1960s through the 1980s are likely to evoke sweet nostalgia among today's collectors who are over thirty years old. At 450 pages and hardback, the book is truly a great value at $29.95. I would rate this book a solid "A" for its overall appeal.
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