DALLAS — From mid-January through the month of February, Laura Hadsall, a library staff member, will display her Barbie collection at the Back Mountain Memorial Library.
Hadsall’s collection of about 40 dolls includes Barbie, Ken, Midge and Francie dolls. The dolls are all authentic and in original outfits.
Hadsall has been collecting Barbies for about 15 years. She said she started after she and her sister-in law, Lorraine, were reminiscing about the Barbies they had when they were young.
They later went to a collector’s doll show where Hadsall bought a vintage Barbie doll dress and was hooked. Although most of the dolls were purchased at shows, her collection includes her original Barbie and Francie that she had as a child in the early 1960s.
“I love these two best of all the dolls in the collection,” she said.
The dresses, sweaters, skirts and slacks outfitting the dolls “were made in Japan and feature beautiful, tiny stitching and amazing detail,” said Hadsall.
She also relates that the booklets that came with the clothes have wonderful fashion illustrations. “No little girl could resist,” she said.
Information provided by Back Mountain Memorial Library.