“The Complete and Unauthorized Guide to Vintage Barbie Dolls” By Hilary Shilkitus James

April 2024

Books for Collectors

“The Complete and Unauthorized Guide to Vintage Barbie Dolls”
By Hilary Shilkitus James

By Corbin Crable


You’ve seen the more contemporary Barbie dolls everywhere, but Hilary Shilkitus James’ book “The Complete and Unauthorized Guide to Vintage Barbie Dolls” allows the collector, both casual and seasoned, a colorful peek into the world of the doll’s classic years, from 1959 to 1972. If you’ve purchased vintage dolls or found them among family heirlooms, James’ guide is sure to be a valuable resource in learning more about the pieces in your collection. More than 1,200 full-color photos show not just Barbie but other characters such as Francie, Ken, and Skipper, too. James also includes images and pricing information on playsets and outfits as well, making identifying every piece in your collection a breeze.

The photos are enhanced by James’ vivid descriptions of items both in and out of their original boxes. Stock identification numbers, manufacturing dates, and corresponding values add a more detailed layer of information to each piece as well. James’ knowledge is nothing short of encyclopedic, and her research is meticulous and will be invaluable to any collector.

According to a product description on the publisher’s website, “This edition fundamentally transforms the understanding of Barbie collectibles, establishing itself as an unparalleled reference guide adorned with a treasure trove of imagery and insights.”

Valentine Treasury

“The Complete and Unauthorized Guide to Vintage Barbie Dolls”

By Hilary Shilkitus James


About the author

Hillary Shilkitus James is a doll dealer who specializes in vintage Barbie dolls, their clothes, accessories, and other unique Barbie doll items.

About the publisher

A family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality nonfiction books since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passion. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.

Schiffer Publishing is located in Atglen, PA. Website: www.schifferbooks.com.

Size: 8 ½” x 11”, 1,200 color photographs, 224 pages, ISBN13: 9780764351587, binding: softcover, price: $29.99


Contact Corbin Crable at editor@discovervintage.com.

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