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Leftovers at the bottom of the doll trunk included a Barbie backpack, Guinevere’s wimple hat, Francie’s original swimsuit, a mod mini dress and Skipper’s masquerade dress. The blue and white striped ticking and red plastic trim backpack is part of Barbie's Overall Denim outfit #3488 and dated 1972. The mystery is the tiny canteen found inside the backpack. Wonder if Barbie was dating G.I. Joe in the 1970's? Neither the canteen nor it's canvas double-snap cover are marked and there is a hairline crack around the neck of the canteen, as though someone tried to take the cap off. Backpack is in excellent condition and measures 2 x 2 inches square. Original closing button is still there although a bit of it has worn off. Red plastic shoulder straps in the back are firmly sewed in place.
The Guinevere and King Arthur medieval costumes released in 1964-1965 as #873 for Barbie and Ken became immediately popular. Guinevere's wimple was also among the leftovers. The crown of red and gold brocade matched the sleeves of Guinevere's gown. The stand-up navy blue felt brim is reminiscent of castles walls. Original gold edging on this piece has faded, but can still be seen. Her gold chiffon snood and chin strap are still intact. Very good played-with condition. The home-made red and gold brocade gown model is wearing and the doll are not included in this sale.
The late 1960's ushered in those bright mod colors for fashion dolls. This little swimsuit is the original that came out in 1969 with Twist 'n Turn Francie and identified as part of the set #1170. The bright mod colors are no exception with its bright hot pink color and yellow diagonal stripes on the bottom. All topped with a yellow vinyl belt and the familiar tiny gold-tone buttons. According to "Francie & Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World," (Joe Blitman) this outfit was listed as HTF 20 years ago when the book was published in 1996. Inside seam carries the familiar label "Francie TM 1965 Mattel." There is some fraying around the raw edges of the fabric and although the elastic loop is still on the back, there is nothing to loop onto.
Cute little A-line dress has sweeping bell-shaped sleeves and was offered in 1969 as PJ outfit # 1113. Covered with large yellow (or orange?) flowers outlined against a bright pink background. Fabric is a soft nylon tricot. All the latest rage of the incoming mod fashions. Very good played-with condition. Closure at the back neckline has a working snap. A tiny bit of fraying on the scoop neckline. Sleeves are cut on a bias of the fabric and naturally curl at the ends, making it impossible to tell if they were made that way or may once have been hemmed.
Last tiny little dress was part of Skipper's Halloween costume. Identified as outfit # 1903 which was sold 1964 - 1965. Half black and half yellow, the dress is edged at the hem and neckline with black tulle. Working two snap closure at the back. Tagged: "Skipper TM 1963 Mattel Inc." Good condition.
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