the 2004 National BarbieŠ Doll Collectors' Convention in Chicago, we
received the Carol Spencer of California Barbie's Best Friend
Award -- the highest honor awarded in the international
presented us with the awards and certificates.
certificate reads: "The Carol Spencer of California Sixteenth Annual
Barbie's Best Friend Award is presented to Joe Blitman for Sharing his
wealth of knowledge on Barbie with collectors everywhere!
friendly advice, "Buy what you like!" encourages the prospective buyer
to enjoy, and to continue enjoying their dolls for many years. His
talents -- whether writing books or articles or speaking on tv --
always provide a wealth of information in a very personable way."
certificate reads: "... for sharing his creative photographic talents
with interested collectors and using this talent to co-author books on
the Barbie doll.
quiet personable manner makes the collector feel at ease while they
search for that special Barbie doll. His keen eye and personal charm
make him a great person to consult with on collecting or to share the
excitement of a special purchase.
and separately, Kevin and Joe are terrific assets to The World of
are the authors of two books, Barbie & Her Mod, Mod,
Mod, Mod World of Fashion, and Francie &
Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion.
also produced the videotape, Joe Blitman's Oh You Beautiful
Doll, an hour-long full-color history of the Barbie doll and
a guide to collecting her.
contributed articles to Barbie Bazaar, Barbie Collector, Doll
Reader, Haute Doll and Miller's
magazines, and we often present slide programs at
international, national and regional Barbie doll conventions.
have been collecting, buying and selling Barbie dolls since 1989. Our
dearest friends are people we have met through Barbie -- they have
become our family. The joy and love we have experienced as part of this
community are, truly, overwhelming to us. And the nifty "Barbie's Best
Friend" awards -- with their engraved plaques and bright orange plumes
-- look spectacular in our living room.