Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist.
A New Era
It was 1971 and America was embracing the new decade ...
Cigarette ads were banned from appearing on television.
“All in the Family” made its TV premiere.
18-year-olds were granted the right to vote.
Former Beatle George Harrison sang about his “sweet lord” and Le Roy “Satchel” Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Yes, it was 1971 … gasoline cost 40 cents a gallon, a movie ticket cost a buck-and-a-half and of course, Francie Doll’s closet got an upgrade.
In 1971, Barbie and Francie went "Malibu." Mattel introduced Malibu Barbie and Malibu Francie (and their friends); they had “suntanned” bodies. Francie received 16 new outfits and a gift set that year — she also had 16 ensembles reproduced from 1970.
Rise & Shine Gift Set (#1194, Sears Exclusive); sheer, pale-pink nightgown with nylon and lace. The lace floral-patterned matching robe had satin bows at the sleeve cuffs. Accessories included a blue powder puff, white felt slippers, hand “mirror” and a gold foil powder box. The set came with a Francie Doll and the pieces to her Growin’ Pretty Hair outfit; dress, hairpieces, shoes, hair ornaments and bobby pins, brush and comb.
Satin Supper (#3443, 1971-1972); pale-blue satin jumpsuit with sleeveless, lacy emerald-green overcoat. A pale-blue satin belt circled the waist. Green shoes finished the look.
Midi Plaid (#3444, 1971-1972); two-part dress with a long-sleeved red top and woven skirt in red, blue, white and gold plaid. The wide, white vinyl belt with its gold buckle was attached to the outfit at the waist. The dress came with a red scarf with fringed edges and red low-heeled shoes.
Zig Zag Zoom (#3445), 1971-1972); a sleeveless, yellow-ribbed top fit over zigzagged-striped pants. The pants had wide legs in colors of white, yellow, orange, blue and blue-gray. The outfit featured a hat that matched the pants, a blue textured gold-buckled belt, pink or rose-colored sunglasses, yellow ankle boots and a yellow or blue “transistor radio.”
Midi Bouquet (#3446, 1971-1972); long-sleeved off-white dress patterned with multi-colored flowers and paisley print. The outfit came with a matching scarf, hot-pink vinyl belt, rose-colored sunglasses and hot-pink low-heeled shoes.
With-It Whites (#3448, 1971-1972); multiple pieces came in this package — Francie wore white, wide-legged pants with two gold buttons up the pant cuffs and red stitching at the hems and waist. A sleeveless, white cotton top (with a long waist) had red stitching down the middle, at the arm holes and bottom hem. Gold buttons went down the front of the top. A wide, red vinyl belt with two gold ring closures circled the waist. A white skirt (with the same trim), sleeveless red shell with white trim stitching and low red heels came in the set.
Buckaroo Blues (#3449, 1971-1972, 1974); bright-aqua “suede” skirt with white vinyl trimming that circled the waist and hem. The trim and four white vinyl buttons (with a gold chain accent) ran down the front of the skirt. An aqua "suede" vest, long-sleeved blouse patterned in red, white and aqua-blue, soft "suede" boots and matching (aqua) fringed shoulder bag were included in the package.
Dreamy Duo (#3450, 1971-1972, 1974); short, sheer, yellow nightgown with hot-pink ribbon at the empire waist. Francie wore a long matching robe that had green-threaded trim.
More of That 1971 Style!
Midi Duet (#3451, 1971-1972, 1974); sheer white nylon dress with a white polyester under-dress. The top sheath had a stitched pink and green floral pattern and a pink ribbon sash at the waistband. A bright-pink vest with a short waist and long front “tails” draped over the dress. Francie wore either light-pink or hot-pink heels with the outfit.
Snooze News (#3453, 1971-1972, 1974); short, hot-pink nightgown and matching panties made of nylon with a sheer overlay. The top’s hem and bodice were trimmed in white lace — with a pink bow and ribbon tails under the breast area. Accessories included pink felt slippers and either a mirror, brush or comb.
Summer Number (#3454, 1971-1972, 1974); bikini swimsuit in hot-pink — the top and bottom were trimmed in multi-colored yarn. A hot-pink, yellow, orange, white and green wrap-skirt/cape with a fringed sash covered up Francie Doll, who also wore pink sunglasses with the beach ensemble.
Frosty Fur (#3455, 1971-1972, 1974); mid-length coat in white fur with vinyl sleeves. Vinyl trim was at the neck, down the front and at the hem. Two small gold buttons adorned the neckline. The coat came with white low-heeled shoes.
Wild Flowers (#3456, 1971-1972, 1974); mid-length dress in bright colors and “swirly” abstract and floral patterns. Red low-heeled shoes matched the dress.
Olde Look (#3458, 1971-1972); “granny” style long-sleeved dress of white cotton with multi-colored floral print — it had dark-orange lace trim at the hem and on the bodice. A sleeveless apron slid over the dress — it had matching orange trim. An orange vest with yellow satin ties fastened at the bodice with crisscross string lacing. Accessories included a matching pouch (purse) and squared-toe shoes.
Twilight Twinkle (#3459, 1971-1972); satin gown in aqua with a sheer overdress of aqua and silver netting. The long sleeves were made of silver netting. Silver braided trim fell around the waist and at the neck. Francie wore the dress with a sleeveless, floor-length, aqua-colored, satin-lined fur coat. The coat had silver buttons on each side of the bodice area and braid around the neck. A silver foil crown (to accentuate Francie’s Growin’ Pretty Hair), aqua squared-toe shoes and a silver dimpled clutch purse completed the ensemble.
Change Offs (#3460, 1971-1972); this ensemble has several pieces — jacket, skirt, pants, yellow knit shell and calf-high yellow boots. The woven jacket had multiple colors (yellow, orange, blue, pink, bright-green, white) and a varied “southwestern” pattern. The lapel, sleeve cuffs, lining and hem were trimmed in yellow vinyl. The matching skirt had vinyl trim down the front and at the waistband. The wide-legged pants (in the same pattern) had yellow vinyl trim at the waistband.
Peach Plush (#3461, 1971-1972); rose-colored flannel skirt with a slit up the front. The knee-length skirt hem was trimmed with a band of embroidered flowers in purple, pink and green. The matching rose flannel coat was trimmed with the same bands of floral embroidery down the front, at the empire waist, sleeve cuffs and across the skirt area. The outfit included a sleeveless rose satin shell, high rose-colored lace-up boots and an ecru-colored crocheted cap.
And in 1972 …
Things got active in 1972 when Mattel introduced the Walk Lively dolls (their heads and arms moved in rhythm) and the Busy Barbie series … Barbie, Francie and their friends could hold onto TVs, record players, trays and carrying cases. Francie got 20 new outfits in 1972.
© 2012 Teri Silver
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on January 27, 2012:
Yes, my husband rolls his eyes over it, but these have been fun (and extensive) to write. I have a nice collection, too. Thanks!
Dave Smith from Michigan on January 26, 2012:
Barbie isn't my thing, but it looks like you covered it all here. Nicely done.