According to the description, this 1959 Barbie commercial was the first-ever advert for the doll; it's got a sweet naivete. Also, Barbie cost a lot when she shipped: $3 in 1959 is $23.30 in 2011 constant dollars -- today, her MSRP is about $10, and you can get discount mint-in-package versions for $6.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.