I've collected Barbies since I was 10 (played with them since I was 2 or 3), but in all that time, I've only collected a few very early examples. One of the first I picked up was a #4, and she's been the elder statesman in my collection, and the only ponytail. Today, I scored her sister, a swirl ponytail.
If you're not familiar with Barbie, all of this will be gobbledigook, but it's a huge deal to me. As a matter of fact, I bonded with my friend in SF over her collection of Swirls. So, back to my first swirl... This morning, I decided to go to my local thrift store, which can be hit or miss. The last time I was there, I noticed they had some Barbies in the front case, but didn't really have a chance to look at them. Today, I looked. And saw. And bought. They had a few lovely examples of Ken and Midge and a couple of bubblecut Barbies, and one swirl. She was dressed in orange pants and a blue jumpsuit (turned out to be an orange cat suit with Barbie tag - yeah! and a Tammy original playsuit). She also had horrendous green ear. It's so bad, it's gone up into her hair. I really hope I can get it out, as her makeup is PERFECT, and her hair just needs a new elastic - it even has the original ribbon at the bottom of the ponytail. Poor swirl, she was priced a lot lower than the others due to her green ears. The price caught my eye, but the green at first kept me from buying. Until I realized she was also 30% off... So, now I have a green-eared swirl girl with lots of potential. :-D
Here are her pics (note that she's now nekked - this is nude art, not Barbie porn):
head on - perfection
side shot - ewwwwwwwww