By Casby Bias
Jul. 7, 2012
A college student found birth years and names for her mother's vintage Barbie and Ken dolls Saturday at home.
Casby Bias, a journalism major at Diederich College of Communication, said that the 1960s Japanese figures belonged to her late-grandmother whom she never met. The woman then passed them down as heirlooms to Bias' mother before passing away. Bias viewed the research as an opportunity for learning more about her grandmother.
But Bias said she expressed disappointment that her mother wanted eBay-money for the family antiques.
"It kind of sucks," Bias said. "But they aren't my dolls."
Ken's details quickly surfaced: not Barbie's. Bias obtained new information because she asked, after a week of searching, her mother for more insight on the doll's original outfit. Her mother said she remembered as a little girl that the Barbie doll didn't originally wear a black leotard but a red and gold trimmed velvet jacket with a white tutu.
"This woman had me looking up 'vintage barbie MCMLVIII black leotard' for days," Bias said. "I had no idea the doll was a Drum Majorette: the information definitely wouldv'e saved me some valuable time toward anything else."
Bias said she gave herself a "self-five" after the new insight. But she said she held in the big celebration for later.
"Can't have a party just yet," Bias said. "I have to figure out how much the dolls cost for my mom."