Toys that won the West

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Best known as the inventor of the Barbie doll, Jewess Ruth Mosko Handler combined her marketing genius with her husband Elliot Handler’s creative designs to form the toy company Mattel, Inc. Starting in their garage in 1939, the Handlers produced Lucite gifts, wooden picture frames, and dollhouse furniture before developing their first toy, the Uke-A-Doodle, in 1947. The success of the Uke-A-Doodle was followed by a series of rubber-belt-driven musical toys, including the Jack-in-the-Box, as well as toy guns such as a Winchester rifle replica.
The Winchester Rifle legacy, Sarah Winchester's nightmare: 
 In 1862, Sarah married William Wirt Winchester, son of Oliver Fisher Winchester, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and manufacturer of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. in 1866, disaster struck when their infant daughter, Annie, died of then mysterious childhood disease marasmus. Mrs. Winchester fell into a deep depression from which she never fully recovered. Fifteen years later, in March 1881, her husband’s premature death from tuberculosis added to Mrs. Winchester’s distress.  Sarah Winchester believed that her family and her fortune were being haunted by spirits – in fact, by the spirits of American Indians, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by Winchester rifles.
  The House That Mrs. Winchester Built 

Mrs. Winchester moved west to build a new house. She was so fearful of the spirits she constructed the house be built with hallways and stairs to nowhere to keep the spirits confused. There were occurrences that defied explanation. Neighbors would hear a bell ring at midnight and 2 a.m., which according to ghost lore are the times for the arrival and departure of spirits. Some said that Mrs. Winchester never slept in the same bedroom two nights in a row, in order to confuse any evil spirits that might be waiting for her.  Sarah Winchester passed away in 1922. Her house is called The Winchester Mystery House which is now a museum. It would be interesting to know how Mrs. Winchester would have felt about all the little American boys with Winchester rifle toy replicas in their bedrooms?

For the girls:
Out of the closet
Barbie, full name Barbara Millicent Roberts (who knew?), made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9th, 1959 (this date is her official birthday).  The creation of Ruth Handler, daughter of Jewish-Polish immigrants, Barbie (named after her daughter Barbara) became the best-selling doll of all time, and an icon of American popular culture. Barbie has undergone many changes, notably in 1971 when the doll’s eyes were adjusted to look forwards instead of the demure sideways glance of the original model.  It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that 3 Barbies are sold every second.  With her form inspired by the German sex doll Lilli, Barbie has been a symbol of American femininity, fashion consumer culture, a standard of wildly unattainable beauty norms, a sexualized focus of young imaginations, and an inspiration for body-loathing and eating disorders.
 Ruth:
As she explained to a reporter in the early 1980s, “When I conceived Barbie, I believed it was important to a little girl’s self-esteem to play with a doll that has breasts."
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real life Barbies...growing up Barbie

3 comments:

  1. Actually, the idea of Barbie was one of theft. A doll originally created of a newspaper cartoon character "Lilli" for followers of the editorial cartoon, was deliberately stolen by jewish Ruth Handler. The Handlers were quite aware that the original company would sue...and settle out of court. Thus the jewess "conceived" Barbie. HAhaha.

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  2. good point, Tim. Bild Lilli also originated as a party gift for men sold in smoke shops. Not because "it was important to a little girl’s self-esteem to play with a doll that has breasts." That is the most absurd logic ever. What she did was give little girls expectations who then end up getting boob jobs when it didn't manifest (thinking of our many "blonde bombshells" in USA)

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  3. oh and another good point you make Tim--when did a Jew ever have an original idea...

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