1963 – 2014 Midge Hadley™

  Midge Hadley™ 51 Years of Fun and Friendship with Barbara Millicent Roberts !

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1963 Midge close up

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2014  Barbie Glam Luxe Style - MIDGE

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Spouse(s) Allan Sherwood ™
Children Ryan™, Nikki™, and one unnamed newborn.

Midge Hadley™ is a fictional doll character in the Barbie™ line of toys by mattel. She was first released in 1963. Midge™ was created, along with Skipper™, to counteract criticism that claimed Barbie™ was a sex symbol. She was marketed as Barbie’s best friend. No Midge™ dolls were sold for the rest of the vintage years after the 1960s. She was re-introduced in 1988 as part of the play line, though four vintage reproduction dolls were made specifically for collectors in 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2013. The dolls sold in this time period usually had red hair, often with freckles, and her eye color was usually blue or green. Also in the period, Wedding Day Midge™ was sold, with the groom being Allan Sherwood™.     Allan™First Allan Flyer

#1000 Allan BD: 1963
#1000 Allan BD: 1963

had been marketed as Midge’s™ boyfriend in the vintage years.

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In the most recent fictional Barbie™ storyline, often written on the backs of the dolls’ boxes, Midge™ and “Alan™” have three children, two who are named Ryan™ and Nikki™ and one who is not named. This was known as the ♥ Happy Family line™, and was the subject of controversy when Midge™ was sold “pregnant” with Nikki™ as a newborn baby™.
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MIDGE™ Vintage Years

First Midge Flyer!No1 #860 Midge Brunette - with rare teeth, and rare eyes

Dec. 12,1962 &  March 16, 1963  Rare Mattel Archive Publicity Photos with letter 

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First Sears 1962 AD

First Sears 1962 AD

1962 HOLIDAY SALE - First Midge Doll and BARBIE DOLL CLOTHING FOR SALE IN NEWSPAPER AD Full Page

1962 HOLIDAY SALE – First Midge Doll and Barbie Doll Fashionsets  – NEWSPAPER AD Full Page

When Barbie™ first came out, she was the subject of a lot of criticism, some of which that claimed Barbie™ was too mature-looking for children. Midge™ was the first same-size friend of Barbie™ ever sold, and was created to oppose these controversies aimed at Barbie™. She had a fuller, gentler face mold that was less sexually intimidating, although her body proportions were the same as Barbie™ and they both stood at 11 1/2 inches tall. This allowed the two dolls to be able to share clothes and accessories. Her head mold was stamped “1958”, the same as Barbie™. When Midge™ arrived, the markings on the straight leg body moldthey shared changed to include both her and Barbie™: Midge™ had shoulder-length hair that flipped at the ends. Buyers had an option of buying a doll with one of three different hair colors: red, blond, or brunette. Her face was usually brushed with freckles. The dolls that were sold without freckles had a longer hair style and are now hard to find. Depending on the doll’s hair color, the color of her two-piece swimming suit varied. If Midge™ had red hair her swimsuit was yellow and orange, for blond hair it was in two shades of blue, and if she was brunette it was pink and red.  All the dolls had white shoes, fashionbooklet and a metal doll stand. The first vintage Midge™ dolls now have a value of $350/400 NRFB. 2008 MARKET REPORT: Midge™ dolls definitely have more sellers on eBay than buyers, and except for the very crispest mint dolls, the value has definitely declined for vintage, Straight leg Midge™ in the past 5 years. For the first two years that Midge™ was sold, she had “straight legs” that could not bend at the knee:

1963  – 1967 #860 Midge™ doll with “straight legs” and short hair.

(April 18, 2013) New information just discovered in a promotional video for Midge from the late 1962:

  • The ‘FIRST’ Midge™ dolls have teeth, rare eyes/ hair and had a rare box with blue hear band, with different box linner. Mint set in the rare box is very hard to find.

NO1 #860 Midge Straight Legs with teeth, rare eyes/ titian hair and box with blue hair band NRFB – Collection Barbielistholland

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Also found this rare Midge™ doll and box in a NRFB dressbox

NO1 #860 Midge withTeeth and in rare Dressbox #987 Orange Blossum NRFB

#860 Midge withTeeth and in rare Dressbox #987 Orange Blossum NRFB – closeup

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Later in 1963

  • No2 #860 Midge Straight Legs ~blonde~ NRFB New face and box.

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  • No3 #860 Midge Straight Legs – New hair style.

New hair style  and color
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Few  Midge dolls (also Barbie®) found in the first year with “painted legs”. Her body is flesh colored with the painted tanned legs. See picture:

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  • Late 1963 Very Rare Midge with big and long titian hair – MIB found in France (Europe) for sale at Ebay 390495564820  Buy Now= EUR 274,95 (Approx. US $365.44)

1964 Midge with big and long titian hair - MIB found in France (Europe)Close up headClose up head backClose up head side

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1963 #860 Midge™ doll marks.


1963 marks

1963 – begin 1964 #860 Midge™ doll name tag.

1963 – 1967 #860 Midge™ doll box. In years the boxes had a small difference in text and color.

1963 #860 Midge™  black metal doll stand.

1963 – 1967  #860 Midge™ doll white open-toe shoes. One shoe is marked with “Made in Japan” on the bottom of the left shoe, nothing is marked on the right.

White open-toe shoes

1963 #860 Midge™ doll sold with Fashionbooklets from late 1962 and 1963.

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  • 1964#860 Midge® dolls had slightly longer hair and other kind makeup color.New box liner.

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#0860 Midge Straight Legs ~ Blonde ~ with rare high color – NRFB

#0860~Midge StraightLegs -No Fleckles Titian NRFB 1964

#860 Midge Straight Legs  -No Fleckles Brunette NRFB 1964

‘Few’ rare Midge® dolls are found and had  “NO fleckles and  long hair” 

Close up face

‘Few’  Midge® dolls are found with rare bright eyes

Rare Bright Eyes Midge

Rare Bright Eyes Midge doll on the left

Rare dark blue eyes

Rare dark blue eyes

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1964 – 1967  #860 Midge® doll marks

In 1964 the Midge® dolls sold with old and new® name label, but in 1965/1967 all the Midge® dolls had the new® name label:

1964 – 1967 The Midge dolls sold “New” gold bronze metal doll stand.

1964 #860 Midge®  Fashionbooklets sold with the doll .

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1964 Carnation Milk premiums ad page for offer a Barbie & Midge Catalogus

964 Carnation Milk premiums ad page for offer a Barbie & Midge Catalogus1964 Carnation Dairy Products Mattel Inc Barbie & Midge Doll Foldout Catalog

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1965, #1009 Wigs Wardrobe Midge® . One molded Midge® doll head with orange headband, three wigs; titian pigtails, blonde swirl n curl, brunette topknot pouf. This was the Midge® counterpart of the Fashion Queen Barbie®. Since she came with only a head, another doll had to provide for the body.

#1009 Midge’s Wig Wardrobe Set ~ NRFB

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  • 1965 – 1966 The Fashion Queen Midge™ sold with a different mold head. Available only in the Japan market, the #1009 New Midge™ came with molded brown hair with a center part and no bangs, has a blue painted headband, brown side glancing painted eyes, no freckles, straight non-bending legs and body as the USA Midge doll. She looks very different than the USA sold Midge® doll.  She was dressed in a two-piece swimsuit with a yellow top and orange bottom (same like the USA one for the titian-hared Midge), white open-toe shoes and “peal” earrings. Also included was a one brown wig and rare black doll stand with  “Midge” name on the black bottom. The box from the doll is the same as the USA #860 Midge doll with “straight legs”.

1965 – 1966 Japanese Fashionbooklet~ New Midge

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 #860 New Midge™ also sold in Dressboxes #1009

#1009 New MIDGE– First Dresbox #947. Found in Japan.

#1009 New MIDGE– First Dressbox #947 doll out of  the box

#1009 New Midge™ – Dressbox #1644 MIB sold at Ebay.com for US $2,057.85 (March, 2009)/ Next picture same MIB  sold at Ebay (380558544614) for US $ 3,395.00 (January 26, 2013)

Now at Ebay same also MIB 380558544614  for sale US $ 4,495.00

#1009 New Midge™ – Dressbox #1626 MIB

#1009 Japanse Midge Dressdoll ~STORMY WEATHER #949 - Sold at Ebay.com for US $ 1500.- Sep.20 2013

#1009 Japanse Midge Dressdoll ~STORMY WEATHER #949 – Sold at Ebay.com for US $ 1500.- Sep.20 2013

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  • In 1965 #1080 Midge® Doll with bendable legs was introduced.

She had shorter “bobbed” hair, like the American Girl Barbie™, with a blue headband.  Her swimming suit was different as well, and was now one-piece and striped She had turquoise open-toe shoes (one shoe is marked with “Made in Japan” on the bottom of the left shoe, nothing is marked on the right) and a gold metal stand like 1964.

Found in Europe UK  #1080 Midge® Doll bendable legs – “Dark” Brownette – “Box in plastic “- maybe a shopdisplay?

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Also found in Europe #1080 Midge® Doll bendable legs with long hair and Big hair

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1965  #1080 Midge® Doll bendable legs – Marks

1966/67  #1080 Midge® with bendable legs Marks in 1966 was same as 1965, added to markings last line  (raised print)  Made in Japan. Late in 1966 all the markings were raised instead of part engraved.

1965 New Fashion booklets sold with the dolls  and in Europe some dolls had different Fashionbooklet.

1965 Fashionbooklet from Europe

 1966/67 New Fashion booklets sold with the dolls and in Europe some dolls had different Fashionbooklet.

1966 Fashion booklet from Europe

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Midge™ doll Gift Sets

  • 1963 Sears “Midge doll, Mix and Match” Giftset™
SEARS CHRISTMAS NEWSPAPER CATALOG NOV. 28th, 1963, COMPLETE 32 PAGES, 11" X 12.25"; BACK PAGE AD FOR "Midge".

SEARS CHRISTMAS NEWSPAPER CATALOG NOV. 28th, 1963, COMPLETE 32 PAGES, 11″ X 12.25″; BACK PAGE AD FOR “Midge doll, Mix and Match Giftset”.

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  • 1964 #1014″Barbie, Ken and Midge On Parade”  Gift Set™

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  • 1964 #1012 “Midge’s Ensemble!” Giftset™

1964 #1012 "Midge's Ensemble!" Giftset™ - rare variation with two sets

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  • 1964 – 1965 #1017 “Barbie’s Wedding Party” Giftset™

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  • 1964 – 1965 #1022 “Barbie, Ken. Midge Pep Rally” Giftset™

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  • 1966 Barbie® & Midge® Color ‘N Curl set.  One molded Barbie® doll head with blue headband, one molded Midge® doll head with orange headband, four wigs, wig stand, battery operated hair dryer, color changer solution and miscellaneous hair items.

NRFB set sold for Sold for:US $579.00 Ebay.com Okt 19, 2012

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Midge doll Fashion

1963 – 1967 Midge™ she shares Barbie’s™ extensive wardrobe

AD from Mattel 1964

1963 Barbie & Midge ‘Real suede leather coat’ made by Mokiba (Switzerland) Licensed Mattel, Inc. USA. (Very rare and HTF) Sold at Ebay for US $210.27 Nov 18, 2012.

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1960’s ‘RARE’ SEARS DOLL ACCESSORIES SET FOR BARBIE, MIDGE & TRESSY IN SEALED BOX

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1963-64 Barbie® Midge #800 Fashions serie

1963-64 Barbie® Midge#900 Fashions serie

1963 Barbie® Midge™Fashion Paks

1963-67 Barbie® Midge™#1600 Fashions serie

1964-67 Barbie® Midge™ Fashions Paks

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Midge Furniture & Structuren

1964 Barbie and Midge Leisure hours PAK

Barbie and Midge Leisure hours PAK

Midge TV

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1963-66 Barbie’s®  Midge™ Susy Goose Furniture

1965 Barbie-Midge Queen Size Chifferobe NRFB1965 Barbie-Midge Queen Size Chifferobe

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1963-67 Barbie® Midge™ Structuren

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Midge Car & Plane:

1962 – 1964 Barbie AUSTIN HEALY Irwin  Roadster Sports Convertible Car

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1963 – 1964 BarbieKen™ & Midge™ Racy Hot Rod – made by Irwin Corp for Mattel

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1963 Barbie, Ken & Midge™ SPORTSPLANE by IRWIN

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Midge™ Cases:

  • 1963  Double Barbie™ and Midge™ Case

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  • 1963 Double Barbie™ and Midge™ Case with Barbie™ and Midge™ on one side and Ken™ and Alan™ on the other. In Blue, Pink and Red.

Light blue

Variation light blue

Red

Red

Variation - orange red

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  • 1963 Double Barbie™ and Midge™ Case with Barbie™ and Midge™ heads and Barbie™ wearing Rain Coat™, Midge wearing Sorority Meeting™. In Light Blue, Dark Blue, Pink, zwart and Red.

BlueVariation blue

Black

Variation Red

Pink

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  • 1963 Single Midge™ Case with Midge wearing generic fashions. In Black, Blue, Red or Pink.

1963 Single Midge™ Case with Midge - Ice blue


Blue

Variation hot pink dress Red variationBlack variaton dress

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  • 1963 Single Midge™ Case with Titian Midge™ wearing Movie Date™. Blue, Red and Black.


1963 Single Midge™ Case with Titian Midge™ wearing Movie Date™ - black

Variation red

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  • 1964 Barbie Cases  & with Midge® Pictured

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  • 1964 Barbie®, Ken® and Midge® Trunk with Titian Bubblecut in Royal Blue Knitting Pretty™, Midge® wearing Sorority Meeting™ and Ken® in Campus Hero™. In Black .

 

 

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  • 1964 BARBIE TROUSSEAU TRUNK 4 Doll Blue Case – with Midge

Blue

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  • 1964 Single Case with Titian Midge® wearing Lunch Date™ In White, Blue, Ice Blue, black and Red.

Red

Variation - Ice Blue

White

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  • 1964 Midge® Rare Foreign “Canadian” Barbie® & Midge® doll case

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  • 1965 Barbie® & Midge® Doll Case from FRANCE

Case from France

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  • 1965 Barbie® & Midge® Doll Case from Australia

1965 from Australia

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  • 1965 Barbie and her Friends Case

Beige

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  • 1963 Barbie™ & Midge™ TRAVEL PALS HAT BOX STYLE CASES

1963 Barbie & Midge Travel Pals Round Case1963 Barbie™ & Midge™ TRAVEL PALS HAT BOX STYLE CASES - variation

Variation

1963 Barbie™ & Midge™ TRAVEL PALS HAT BOX STYLE CASES - variation
1963 Barbie™ & Midge™ TRAVEL PALS HAT BOX STYLE CASES - variation

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  • 1963 Barbie™ and Midge™ Travel Pals Doll Carrying Case

BARBIE MIDGE Doll CASE travel Pals 1963

1963 Barbie™ and Midge™ Travel Pals Doll Carrying Case - variation

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Midge™ Luch box & Thermos

  • 1963 Vinyl Barbie & Midge OVAL Lunch Pail, Barbie Lunch Box w/Original Thermos

1963 Vinyl Barbie & Midge OVAL Lunch Pail, Barbie Lunch Box w/Original Thermos

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  • 1963 Barbie™ & Midge™ METAL Lunch Box !

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  • 1963  Barbie™ & Midge™ Lunch Box

1963  Barbie™ & Midge™ Lunch Box + THERMOS FLASK Back Side1963  Barbie™ & Midge™ Lunch Box

Variation

Variation

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  • 1965 Barbie and Midge Vinyl Dome Lunch Box

1965 Barbie and Midge Vinyl Dome Lunch Box

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  • 1965 #2825 Barbie® Midge® Skipper® Doll Thermos

#2825 variation cup

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Midge™ Book Cases

  • 1963 Barbie™, Ken™ & Midge™ Book Case

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Midge™  Pencil Case

  • 1964 Barbie™, Midge™ and Ken™ Pencil Case

1964  Pencil Case

 

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Midge™ Binder

  • 1963 Barbie™, Midge™ and Ken™ 3 rong Binder

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  • 1965 Barbie™, Midge™ and Ken™ – Binder – from Canada issue

1965 Barbie, Midge™ and Ken -  Binder  - From Canadian

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Midge™ Books

  • 1963 Midge™ Paper Doll Book – Whitman

1963 Midge Paper Dolls Cut Outs Book - Whitman InsideDolls

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  • 1963 Barbie™ Ken™ & Midge™ Paper Dolls Book

Dolls

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  • 1964 Barbie®, Midge®, Ken® and Skipper® Costume dolls

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  • 1964 Barbie®, Midge®, Ken® and Skipper® PAPER DOLLS

1964 Barbie®, Midge®, Ken® and Skipper® PAPER DOLLSInside

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  • 1962 BARBIE —–INTRODUCTING BARBIE’S BEST FRIEND MIDGE - WHITMAN 128 PAGE COLORING BOOK.

BARBIE -----INTRODUCTING BARBIE'S BEST FRIEND MIDGE  AUTHORIZED WHITMAN 128 PAGE COLORING BOOK.  DATES 1962.

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  • 1963 Barbie®, Ken™ and MIDGE™ Coloring – Whitman. This is a large coloring book with 128 coloring pages.

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  • 1964 Ken® and Midge® Coloring Book

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  • 1964 “BARBIE’S Adventures to read aloud” Wonder Books

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  • 1964 “BARBIE®, MIDGE® AND KEN®” RANDOM HOUSE STORY BOOK

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Midge  PUZZLES

  • 1963 #4611 MIDGE™ Whitman 100 Piece Jr. Jigsaw Puzzle MIB

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Midge Cards

  • 1964 Birthday card with Barbie™ and Midge™

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  • 1965 Barbie™ and Midge™ Amerian Greeting card

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  •  1990 Barbie Doll POSTCARDS:

NRFP set

#1305 It’s a Dolls Life Barbie Bubblecut / Midge Redhead

1989 Midge Doll POSTCARD #1305 It's a Dolls Life Barbie Bubblecut / Midge Redhead

#1321 Barbie Bubble cut and  Midge redhead and furniture

Barbie Doll POSTCARD 1989 #1321 Barbie Midge Furniture

#? Revenge of the Baby Boomers

Postcard

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Barbie™ & Midge Jewelry  for the doll 

  • 1964 CLEINMAN & SONS BARBIE™ & MIDGE™ JEWELRY  two variations

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Midge™ Watches for child

  • 1963 Midge Character Watch Set 60s-blue case MIB

1963 MIDGE WRIST WATCH – mint but no box – sold at Ebay.com for $712 (march 28, 2005)

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1988 – 2014 MIDGE® Return!

1988 California Dream Midge™Midge 2013

  • From her introduction to until 1967, Midge®was marketed as Barbie’s original best friend, but no dolls were sold for about 20 years until 1988, when #4442 California Dream Midge™ was sold as part of a beach line, which used the “Steffie” mold.

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  • The same “Steffie” mold was used for #3216 Cool Times Midge™ in 1989.

Close up head

 #3216 Cool Times Midge™ NRFBBack box

In 1990, she began to use the “Diva” mold for All Stars Midge™ and The Beat Midge™ USA version- Disco Midge™ European version.

  • 1990 #9360 All Stars Midge

Close up head

1990 All Stars Midge NRFBBack box

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  • 1990 #2752 Beat Midge™ USA version

Close up head

1990 Beat Midge NRFBBack up

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  • 1990 Disco Midge™ European version

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In 1991 she was married to Alan™ (now spelled “Alan”). Before and after the Wedding Day Midge™ doll was sold, many Midge™ play line dolls were produced.

  • 1991 #9852 Wedding Day Midge™ Giftset

1991 (BD1990) #9852  Wedding Party Midge Giftset NRFB - back box 1991 (BD1990) #9852  Wedding Party Midge Giftset NRFBInstruction sheet

1991 Wedding Day Midge™ Dolls

1990 WEDDING DAY MIDGE NRFBWedding Day Alan Doll NRFB
1990 WEDDING DAY KEN BEST MAN FOR MIDGE NRFBWedding Day Barbie Doll (Bridesmaid for her Best Friend Midge)#4532 NRFB Vintage Mattel Wedding Day Midge - Kelly & Todd Giftset

1991 Wedding Day Midge™ Fashions

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#7237 Barbie – Midge Wedding Day Fashion Trunk – Giftset NRFB USA and Europe

1991 #7237 Wedding Day Fashion Trunk - NRFB USA

1991 #7237 Wedding Day Fashion Trunk – NRFB USA

1991 Barbie - MIDGE WEDDING Furniture - Fashion Trunk - rare gitftset from Europe
1991 Barbie – MIDGE WEDDING Furniture – Fashion Trunk – rare Gitftset from Europe

#7217 Barbie Wedding Day – Midge & Alan Wedding Chapel (Info from Mary Wernke)

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#7398 Barbie Wedding Set for Midge & Alan Wedding, a place setting with wedding cake (Info from Mary Wernke)

Set out of box

Arco #7267 Barbie Wedding Day for Midge Bridal Shower play set (Info from Mary Wernke)

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 Arco #7268 Barbie Wedding Day for Midge Engagement Party play set (Info from Mary Wernke)

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WEDDING DAY MIDGE -Trading** CARDS**:The trading cards featured scenes of the wedding, and the backs of the cards told a little story about each scene. Cards numbered 281 through 300 told the entire story of Midge’s wedding (Info from Mary Wernke):

1991 Mattel BARBIE 300 TRADING CARDS COLLECTOR SET NRFB

Backbox

1991 Barbie Trading Cards Pack

#280 - Wedding Bells for Midge1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & BARBIE #281,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN RING BEARER TODD #283,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN FLOWER GIRL KELLY #284,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE #285,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #286,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #287,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & BARBIE #279,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & BARBIE #282,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**#290 - Picture This!1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #291, Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #292,  Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #293,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #294,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE #295,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #296,1991 Mattel Trading CARD

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE TROUSSEAU #297,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN #298,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN BARBIE FERRARI #299,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

1991 WEDDING DAY MIDGE & ALLEN BARBIE FERRARI #300,1991 Mattel Trade** CARD**

Barbie Trading Cards 1991 Collector Poster Shows all 300 trade cards

Barbie Trading Cards 1991 Collector Poster Shows all 300 trade cards NRFPBarbie Trading Cards 1991 Collector Poster Shows all 300 trade cards

McDONALDS BARBIE #6 ~ WEDDING DAY MIDGE

1991 McDONALDS BARBIE #6 ~ WEDDING DAY MIDGE 1991 McDONALDS BARBIE #6 ~ WEDDING DAY MIDGE

See more info about the Midge Wedding dolls at the responses from Mary Wernke

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Before Wedding Day Midge™, Midge® dolls still had freckles, but up until Hawaii Midge™ was sold in 1999, the dolls lacked freckles. Most of the dolls were red-haired with blue or green eyes, but some dolls were brunette. The most commonly used head mold for Midge™ in this period was the “Diva” mold, stamped 1985.

  • 1991 Ski Fun Midge™

Close up head

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  • 1992  #10256 Earring Magic Midge™

Close up head

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  • 1992  #7018 Earring Magic Midge™ – European version

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  • 1992 #5476 Sea Holiday Midge™

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  • 1993 #10999 Naf Naf Midge™ – European version

Close up head

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  • 1993 #11077 Camp Midge™

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  • 1993 Inline Skating Midge™

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  • 1993 #10060 Paint ´N Fun Midge™

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  • 1994 Hot Skatin Midge™

1994 Hot Skatin Midge NRFBNRFB
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  • 1994 Slimber Party Midge™

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  • 1994 Barbie Winter Sports™ with Ken and Midge 3 dolls + Winter Sports Playset™ (Midge is the same doll from 1991)

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  • 1994 #13514 Winter Sport Midge™

Rare variation from Canada

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  • 1994 Dance Move Midge™

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  • 1995 #14589 Jewl Hair Mermaid Midge™

1995 JEWEL HAIR MERMAID MIDGE NRFBVariation

JEWEL HAIR MERMAID MIDGE" #14589 EUROPE

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  • 1995 In-Line Skating Midge™ European version

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  • 1998 Florida Vacation Midge™ – 3 variations

Florida Vacation Midge™ - variation - NRFBFlorida Vacation Midge™ - variation - NRFB

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  • 1999 HAWAII MIDGE™

1999 Hawaii Midge NRFBClose up

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  • 1999 Western Pennsylvania Midge™ Convention 40th Barbie

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  • 2000 Midge Surf City™

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  • 2001 Midge Palm Beach™

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March 6, 2013 Midge®  is back and makes her reality show debut in:

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March 6, 2013 Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Friend Midge™ debut in:

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2013 till present.

  • 2013 Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse – Friend Midge™ doll

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  • 2013 Summer –  Barbie Dreamhouse and friend MIDGE Giftset

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2014 Barbie Glam Luxe Style: Midge

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2002 – 2006 ” ♥Happy Family” Line™

The year after Midge™ and Alan™ were married, a picture of the couple with twin babies was shown in a pamphlet, but the dolls were never produced.

However, in 2002, she and Alan™ were re-introduced with a family consisting of them and two different kids, three-year-old Ryan™ and newborn baby Nikki™. This was known as the “Happy Family” line™, and was similar to the discontinued Heart Family line™ of the 1980s. The dolls came in both European American and African American versions. This was the first time an African American Midge™ was ever produced. Midge™ was sold “pregnant” with Nikki™, who was a tiny baby inside Midge’s™ magnetic removable pregnant stomach.

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This led to some controversy. Many people claimed that the doll was inappropriate for children, or that it promoted teen pregnancy. Another cause for this controversy was because Midge™ did not posses a wedding ring at first, but this was later fixed. She also was packaged without Alan™. Customers complaining about the doll led to Wal-Mart pulling the Happy Family line™ off their shelves. A new version of this Midge™ was produced for Wal-Mart, this time not pregnant and with a cardboard cut-out display of Alan™ and Ryan™ standing next to her inside the box.

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The Happy Family Line™ included everything from a talking house, a backyard swimming pool, neighborhood market and playground.

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Later, around Nikki’s™ first birthday, Midge™ was “pregnant” again with another child, who wasn’t named or given a specific gender, as the gender was a surprise when the owner opened the doll’s box.

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Midge™ has two known parents who are simply called “Grandpa™” and “Grandma™”. At first, the grandparent dolls were sold together as part of a big set consisting of the dolls and a kitchen play set, but for Nikki’s™ first birthday they were sold separately. They too came in both Caucasian and African American versions. They use different body molds, to refelect their age.

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This checklist features the  ♥Happy Family line™ of Midge™ and Alan™, their children Ryan™ and new baby™, as well as the grandparents™, neighbors™, and toddler friends™. This includes doll sets, playsets, clothing, and related items:

2002

  • 56663 Happy Family Midge (not pregnant) and baby (Wal*Mart)

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  • 56663 Happy Family Midge (pregnant) and baby (all other stores)

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  • 56664 Happy Family Midge (not pregnant) and baby AA (Wal*Mart)

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  • 56664 Happy Family Midge (pregnant) and baby AA (all other stores)

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  • 56710 Happy Family Alan and Ryan

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  • 56711 Happy Family Alan and Ryan AA

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  • 56726 Baby Doctor Barbie (pink lab coat)

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  • 56727 Baby Doctor Barbie AA (pink lab coat)

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  • 47629 Midge and baby fashion #1

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  • 47864 Happy Family Nursery Playset

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2003

  • B0231 Happy Family Baby Store Playset

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  • 47629 Midge and baby fashion #2

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  • B1883 Barbie Mini Puzzle – Baby Doctor Barbie

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  • B9880 Grandma’s Kitchen Happy Family Grandparents Gift Set

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  • B9885 Grandma’s Kitchen Happy Family Grandparents Gift Set AA

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  • B0232 Happy Family Volvo

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  • B5753 Happy Family Neighborhood Alan and Ryan

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  • B5754 Happy Family Neighborhood Alan and Ryan AA

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  • C6061 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge (not pregnant) and Nikki

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  • C6070 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge (not pregnant) and Nikki AA

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  • C6062 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge (pregnant) and Baby

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  • C6071 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge (pregnant) and Baby AA

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  • B9216 Happy Family Neighborhood Baby Friends

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  • B7690/C4381 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Grandma

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  • B8344/C4382 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Grandma AA

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  • B9881/C4381 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Grandpa

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  • B9882/C4382 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Grandpa AA

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  • C0523 Baby Doctor Barbie (lavender lab coat)

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  • C0524 Baby Doctor Barbie AA (lavender lab coat)

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  • C5196 Happy Family Neighborhood Hometown Fair Midge, Nikki, Ryan, and Alan

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  • C7535 Happy Family Neighborhood Hometown Fair Midge, Nikki, Ryan, and Alan AA

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  • C3883/C3882 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Fashions #1 (tropical)

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  • C3884/C3882 Asst. Happy Family Neighborhood Fashions #2 (red, white, and blue)

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  • C5029/C5028 Asst. Happy Family Grandma and Grandpa Family Fashions (casual)

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  • C5030/C5028 Asst. Happy Family Grandma and Grandpa Family Fashions (gardening)

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  • C6009/C5028 Asst. Happy Family Ryan and Nikki Toddler Fashions

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  • 47864 Happy Family Neighborhood Nursery Playset

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  • B6292 Happy Family Neighborhood Baby’s 1st Birthday Playset

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  • B6286 Happy Family Neighborhood Splash n’ Slide Playset

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  • C2393 Happy Family Neighborhood Volvo

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  • ? Happy Family Midge Barbie Photo Album / Scrapbook

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2004

  • C5970 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge, Nikki, & Baby (trip to the grocery store)

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  • C5971 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge, Nikki, & Baby AA (trip to the grocery store) – picture from Christine

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  • C0588 Happy Family Neighborhood Shopping Fun Playset

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  • G4336 Happy Family Neighborhood The New Neighbors Mom & Baby

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  • ????? Happy Family Neighborhood Sounds Like Home Smart Interactive Doll House (with Baby Friends)

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  • G9069/G8496 Asst. Play All Day Nursery Giftset (Midge and baby girl)

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  • H0256 Midge and baby

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  • G8562 Sounds Like Home Smart House (with New Neighbors Dad, Mom, Daughter, and Baby)

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  • (Year ?) Neighborhood Soda Cafe Motor home/ Bus

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2005

  • ????? Teacher Barbie and toddler student

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  • J0480/J7775 Asst. Teacher Barbie and toddler student AA

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  • 56726 Baby Doctor Barbie

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  • J6225/J7775 Asst. Baby Doctor Barbie AA

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2006

  • J9501/K3080 Asst. Play All Day Teacher & Classroom (Barbie and toddler girl)

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1993 – 2014 Midge™ Reproduction Dolls 

2013 Barbie and Midge 50 years friendship

35th anniversary Midge™ reproduction doll was sold in 1998 for collectors, made to look like the vintage Midge™ dolls. She had red hair, was dressed in her original orange and lime two-piece swimming suit, and came with a reproduction of the Senior Prom™ outfit from 1964-1965 as well as a reproduction of the box the Midge™ dolls originally came in. Earlier in 1993, for Midge’s 30th anniversary™, a Midge™ reproduction doll was also produced, but she did not possess a reproduction of her original swimsuit or the original box. Like the later version, she came in a reproduction of the Senior Prom™ outfit. Also sold in 1993 Enesco Barbie, Midge and Ken At The Hop Music Box.

  • 1993 MIDGE 30th. Anniversary Porcelain Doll
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  • 1993 Enesco Barbie, Midge & Ken At The Hop Music Box

1993 Enesco Barbie & Ken At The Hop Music Box

Inside Ken, Barbie and MidgeClose up MidgeClose up Midge (2)

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  • 1998 35th Anniversary Midge™ Doll

1998 MIDGE 35th. Anniversary Giftsetl - back box

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  •  #57 Repro Midge miniature
#57 Repro Midge miniature

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  • 1998 Suburban Shopper 35th Anniversary Midge™ Nostalgic Hallmark Ornament
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  • 2008: VINTAGE REPRODUCTION – CAMPUS SWEET SHOP GIFTSET REPRO  Mattel has put together a fabulous reproduction giftset based on the “Barbie goes to College”™ vintage structure. It features a reproduction Brunette Midge™ wearing “Swingin’ Easy™ (#955 circa 1963) and Allan wearing “Campus Hero”™ (#770 circa 1961).

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  • 2008 WASHINGTON DC JEWELRY DESIGN – BARBIE & MIDGE DOLL CARRYING CASE GOLD BUBBLE CHARM FOR BRACELET

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  • ? National Barbie Convention – Barbie Ken & Midge, Parade Giftset & Touchdown Football Uniform Charm Set

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  • 2012 BARBIE & MIDGE PAPER DOLLS TRAVEL WARDROBE ‘PIN’ – 2012 NBDC Convention

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See the orginele Vintage 1963 Barbie and Midge Case from ‘Barbielistholland’ Collection

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  • 2013 VINTAGE REPRODUCTION Barbie® and Midge™ (50th Anniversary) Giftset 50th Anniversary Giftset brings two great friends together again, dressed in recreations of favorite vintage fashions from the 1600 Series. #1632 Invitation To Tea  was introduced in 1965, but (#1070) Barbie “Lifelike’bendable Legs doll’s outfit still looks chic. The pink hostess jumpsuit is worn with a pink and silvery metallic vest and silvery belt. (#1080) Midge ‘Lifelike’ bendable leg doll favors 1966′s #1649 Lunch On The Terrace. The summery, empire-waist dress features lime green and white checks that play against the whimsical polka dot bodice. A matching picture hat frames that adorable, freckled Midge face we’ve missed so much. Designed by: Bill Greening Release date: APRIL 2013

2013 Barbie & Midge giftset

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See the orginele Vintage sets from ‘Barbielistholland’ Collection

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  • 2014 Barbie, Ken, Midge and Allen -

    Double Date™  50th Aniversay Giftset 

Repro giftset from 1964

Commemorating the first time this fabulous foursome came together, Barbie®, Ken®, Midge® and Allan®wear re-creations of their swimwear as sold in 1964. Included are replicas of their beach-worthy accessories. Barbie models her famed swirl ponytail which also debuted that same year. Finally, each doll sports its own wrist tag.

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Double Date™ 50th Anniversary Giftset 2 (539x800)

See the orginal dolls from 1964 – Barbielist-holland collection:

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 See also:

Midge Hadley – Picture Catalogi

Notes and References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midge_Hadley

 

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13 Responses to 1963 – 2014 Midge Hadley™

  1. Mary Wernke says:

    Here are some other items sold in conjunction with Midge’s and Alan’s wedding in 1991.
    1. #7217 Wedding Day Barbie Wedding Chapel
    2. #7398 Barbie Wedding Set, a place setting with wedding cake
    3. Arco #7237 Wedding Day Barbie fashion trunk
    4. Arco #7267 Wedding Day Barbie Bridal Shower play set
    5. Arco #7268 Wedding Day Barbie Engagement Party play set
    6. The 1991 trading cards featured scenes of the wedding, and the backs of the cards told a little story about each scene. Cards numbered 281 through 300 told the entire story of Midge’s wedding
    7. The Mattel Barbie calendar for 1991 shows a scene of the wedding. Although the Todd doll on the market had fuzzy hair, the Todd in the picture had a molded head with medium brown hair.
    8. Another version of the story was published in “Barbie, The Magazine for Girls” from summer 1991. The short story is entitled “Wedding Bells for Midge,” written by Susan Brady and illustrated by Beverly Kirby.
    9. Last but not least, there was an article about the wedding in the February 18, 1991, issue of People magazine.

  2. Mary Wernke says:

    I had been collecting both old and new Barbie and family dolls since about 1983. In the pre-Internet Stone Age, (which preceded even Barbie Bazaar), there was no advance publicity about upcoming dolls to be sold. I remember walking into Toys R Us and nearly falling over when I saw the name “Midge” on the California doll boxes on the toy shelves.
    I’ve always believed that 1988 was a turning point in the Barbie universe. With the re-introduction of Midge, it was Mattel’s way of acknowledging that adults collected Barbie dolls, because it was right after that that you saw an explosion of merchandise specifically aimed at grownups.

  3. Christine says:

    Hi! I just love this page on the history of Midge, I haven’t found another page anywhere that covers it so thoroughly! I did notice though that you didn’t have a picture of the “C5971 Happy Family Neighborhood Midge, Nikki, & Baby AA (trip to the grocery store)”, and I wanted to let you know that I have one! Here’s a link to pictures of it if you’d like to use them in your blog: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/38spniu6il885ur/TkrbXV3xiE
    Have a great day!

  4. Jenny Jenkins says:

    I have to present a program at the Barbie Collectors National Convention in New Orleans in a couple of weeks. Can i use some of your photos in my presentation?

    • Hi Jenny, This Barbie info site ‘is’ for everyone that love’s Barbie’s dolls. ‘You’ can use the pictures and info for your presentation. Have a great time at the Barbie Convention:-)

  5. Jenny Jenkins says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I would like to give you credit for the photos is you’ll let me know your name or email your name to jenny177104@yahoo.com. They will only be shown in a power point presentation and not copied in any other way. I promise! :) You’re my hero!

  6. Chris Maddox says:

    Hello, my name is Chris Maddox. I am an investigator with Mattel, Inc., assigned to Global Security and Investigations here in El Segundo, California. I am contacting you regarding the images of our Coach Barbie and Herve Leger Barbie which have been posted on your blog. These particular images have not been approved for release to the public. The early release of these images have created a major problem for us, specifically to our Coach Teaser Campaign. I would ask that you please remove the aforementioned images ASAP. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Chris Maddox, Sr. Investigator
    Mattel, Inc., El Segundo, CA 90245
    310-252-5049

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