Product Code: 968
Release Date: 1959
Found only in the 1959 catalog, this travel ensemble featured one of the rarest of all accessories — the tiny brass compact. No more than 3/8" in diameter, this treasure of the Barbie® doll world was hinged and opened to reveal a mirror and a tiny pink puff! Snapped closed, the famous Barbie® "B" was engraved on top. Other accessories included a white plastic purse with gold bead closure, black-rimmed glasses in a white and clear plastic case, pink plastic comb, and hankie. The outfit included the dress and belt from Cruise Stripes #918 with a matching red and white ribbed coat with red half chiffon lining and gold-buttoned front. The hat was difficult to find — it's a red straw cord half-hat with cord bow in back. Other accessories included a "pearl" on chain necklace, white short tricot gloves, and black open-toe shoes. Early "TM" versions included the appearance of "hand sewn" short white tricot gloves.
All images and descriptions courtesy of Collector Books, publisher of "Barbie Fashion: Volume 1" and "Barbie Fashion: Volume 2" by Sarah Sink Eames