Dolls on the Desk 

Featured Dolls: 1967 Twist 'n Turn Barbie (in Airline Stewardess fashion), 1969 Twist 'n Turn "Marlo Flip" Barbie (in Airline Stewardess fashion), 1970 New Good Lookin' Talking Ken (in Get Ups n' Go #7707 United Airlines Pilot” fashion), 1971 Malibu Barbie (in "Lemon Kick" fashion), 1971 Malibu Ken (in "Shore Lines" fashion), 2020 Mattel 75th Anniversary Silkstone Ponytail Barbie, 2021 60th Anniversary Silkstone Ken)

Middle Shelf

Featured Dolls: 1968 Talking Barbie, 1968 Talking Christie, 1969 Twist 'n Turn Stacey, 1970 Bendable Leg Brad, 1970 New Good Lookin' Bendable Leg Ken, 1970 New Good Lookin' Talking Ken, 1970 Talking Barbie, 1970 Talking Brad, 1970 Twist 'n Turn Barbie, 1970 Twist 'n Turn Christie, 1970 Twist 'n Turn P.J., 1970 Walking Jamie, 1971 Malibu Barbie, 1971 Talking Barbie, 1972 Busy Barbie, 1972 Busy Ken, 1972 Busy Steffie, 1972 Talking Busy Barbie, 1972 Walk Lively Barbie, 1972 Walk Lively Ken, 1972 Walk Lively Steffie, 1973 Mod Hair Ken, 1973 Quick Curl Barbie, 1974 Yellowstone Kelley, 1975 Free Moving Barbie, 1975 Free Moving Cara, 1975 Free Moving Curtis, 1975 Free Moving Ken, 1975 Free Moving P.J., 1976 Now Look Ken 

All dolls on a shelf have been individually photographed to be featured in my book Behold the Valley of the Dolls: A Barbie Collection in Portraits.  Soon to be published.

First Shelf

Featured Dolls: 1967 Hair Fair Barbie, 1977 Twist 'n Turn Barbie, 1968 Talking Stacey, 1968 Twist 'n Turn Stacey, 1969 Standard Barbie, 1969 Talking Julia, 1969 Talking Ken, 1969 Talking P.J., 1969 Twist 'n Turn Julia, 1969 Twist 'n Turn "Marlo Flip" Barbie, 1969 Talking Truly Scrumptious, 1969 Twist 'n Turn Stacey, 1970 Living Barbie, 1971 Barbie with Pretty Growin' Hair, 1971 Malibu Barbie, 1971 Malibu Ken, 1972 Walk Lively Miss America, 1975 Free Moving P.J., 1977 Hawaiian Barbie, 1979 Hawaiian Ken, 1979 Sun Lovin' Malibu Barbie, 1979 Sun Lovin' Malibu Ken, 1979 Sun Lovin' Malibu P.J. 

Third Shelf

Featured Dolls: 1959 Ponytail Barbie in "Solo in the Spotlight," 1961 American Airlines Stewardess Barbie, 1961 Ken, 1961 Bubble Cut Barbie, 1961 Ponytail Barbie, 1962 Ken, 1962 Bubble Cut Barbie, 1962 Dream House Barbie, 1963 Fashion Queen Barbie, 1963 Midge, 1964 Allan, 1964 Miss Barbie, 1964 Skipper, 1964 Swirl Ponytail Barbie, 1965 Bendable Leg Barbie, aka American Girl, 1965 Bendable Leg Ken, 1965 Bendable Leg Midge, 1965 Campus Sweetheart Barbie, 1966 Color Magic Barbie, 1966 Fashion Luncheon Barbie, 1966 Pan Am Stewardess Barbie 

I have a collection of nearly 1,500 Barbie and Ken dolls. Unfortunately I don't have room in my tiny California condo home to display it all. ​​...But I do have a shelving unit of favorite vintage Barbies on display (141 dolls to be exact)! This shelf is placed next to my work desk, and it inspires me as I work on "Behold the Valley of the Dolls."  I also have a handful of dolls placed directly on my desk--I think of them as "totems" of sort.  Today I decided to organize the dolls on the shelves, give them a light dusting, and photograph all while doing so. As of May 1, 2021, these are the dolls on a shelf... 

Dolls in the Closet

As for the rest of the Barbie collection it's all here, packed away in a closet. I don't know if I will ever have the complete collection out on display again but for now, I have my dolls on a shelf. 


Behold The Valley of the Dolls


Bottom Shelf

Featured Dolls: 1987 Barbie & the Rockers - Rocker Barbie, Rocker Dana, Rocker Dee Dee, Rocker Derek, Rocker Diva, Rocker Ken. 34 years ago these were the very first dolls added to my collection! 

Top Shelf

Featured Dolls: 1971 Live Action Barbie, 1971 Live Action Ken, 1971 Live Action P.J., 1972 Malibu P.J., 1973 Malibu Christie, 1973 Mod Hair Ken, 1977 Partytime Barbie, 1977 Partytime Ken, 1977 Superstar Barbie, 1977 Superstar Ken, 1978 Fashion Photo Barbie, 1978 Malibu Barbie (Fashion Combo), 1979 Kissing Barbie, 1979 Pretty Changes Barbie, 1980 Black Barbie, 1980 Hispanic Barbie,  1980 Roller Skating Barbie, 1980 Roller Skating Ken, 1981 Disco Barbie, 1981 Disco Ken, 1981 Golden Dream Barbie, 1984 Great Shape Barbie, 1985 Peaches 'n Cream Barbie, 1986 Rocker Barbie, 1986 Rocker Derek, 1987 Feelin' Groovy Barbie, 1992 Totally Hair Barbie