1918: The painter Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a Munich doll-maker to create a life-size effigy of his former lover Alma Mahler, so that “the woman of my dreams will seem to come alive to my eyes and touch”.
Tag archive: Dolls
1959: Barbie Millicent Roberts turned heads at the New York toy fair with her zebra-striped swimsuit, long legs, tiny waist and big bust; soon, every American girl was clamouring for a Barbie doll and outfits.
Source: Erica Rand, Barbie’s Queer Accessories (1995), pp. 24, 49
1965: Toy maker Mattel gave Barbie a spacesuit 18 years before NASA put the first American woman in space.
Source: Marco Tosa, Barbie: Four Decades of Fashion, Fantasy, and Fun (1998), p. 116
1986: Colloquial Cantonese and Putonghua Equivalents provided visitors to Hong Kong with the right phrases for unexpected situations:
“I forgot to wind up the doll.”
“A petty worker’s income is deplorable.”
“He was made so angry as to thump tables and throw bowls.”
“Many wizards hoodwink people all the time.”
Source: Zeng Zifan, Colloquial Cantonese and Putonghua Equivalents (1986), pp. 10, 54, 89, 119