A friend sent a link to a history of the Barbie doll. Barbie was the first ‘adult’ doll widely sold in the US. Previously, all dolls had been in the ‘baby’ format. The social and cultural impact the Barbie doll has had on the United States is quite significant and it’s fun to find out where that all originated. It’s fun to know that the first Barbie doll was based on a “gold-digging character from a ‘racy’ comic strip”.