BARBIE DOLL By layla yarak May 17, 1956 Inspiration Ruth Handler went to Europe and discovered the German doll, 'Bild Lilli'. Inspired her to make Barbie. Mar 9, 1959 First Barbie doll American international toy fair, he first Barbie was established. Ruth named it after her daughter, Barbara. Wore a black and white zebra costume. May 17, 1959 Mattell American toy company 'Mattell' was established- Maker of Barbie doll. Ruth's husband was the co-founder of the company. May 17, 1964 Rights to Bild Lilli doll Mattell company got rights to the Bild Lilli doll. Production of the doll stopped to get rid of competition. May 17, 1970 1st barbie dolls the first barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, where clothes were hand stitched by Japanese home workers.