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Subject: Re: Black Dolls -- Did You Know?

Cheryl Myers
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Date Posted: 03:41:00 07/13/01 Fri
In reply to: Debbie 's message, "Black Dolls -- Did You Know?" on 09:09:47 07/04/01 Wed

I have a doll that I know nothing about and wondered if you could help me find something out about her.. She has a plastic head, arms and legs, with a white covered fiber filled body. She has long, straight, almost human like hair and she has white features. She has the name " Simba " stamped on the back of her neck and her tag reads GI-GO Toys FTY Ltd. all new materials content: cotton/polyester fiber MA0936 PA-2783 OH-16509 ME-2098 Made in China. I would truly appreciate it if you could help me find something out about her.. Many Thanks !! : ) Cheryl Myers
/ Lynnwinters@hotmail.com, P.S. She is a beautiful doll, with an almost taupe coloring to her eyes. Black Dolls -- Did You Know?
>Did you know that only 20% or less black dolls are
>made for their white counterparts. Not only does this
>make black dolls difficult to find, but it also
>renders them highly collectible, simply due to the
>fact that fewer are made. Did you know that, with the
>exception of the Saralee "Negro" doll made by Ideal in
>the 1950s, there were few black dolls made in this
>country that reflected positive images and
>true-to-life black facial features. Of course there
>were plenty of the derogatory black memorabilia type
>items, the handmade Mammy and other rag dolls; but as
>far as black play dolls go, there were little to none
>prior to the creation of the Saralee "Negro" doll that
>looked like real black people. Now there were black
>dolls manufactured during this time and most were very
>nice, lovable dolls, but none that looked like real
>black people. Usually when a manufacturer did make a
>black version of a doll, it was simply a white doll
>"colored" brown. It was not until the late 1960s when
>the doll company, Shindana, began to create dolls that
>reflected the true ethnic features of black people.
>Fisher Price in 1973 made Elizabeth of the soft
>series, and this doll had true-to-life ethnic
>features. There was a long dry spell from the 1950s
>until the 1970s when there were very few. Even in the
>1970s, there were not many. Did you know that some
>companies would not even picture a black doll on the
>box -- even up until the 1970s? They would picture a
>white child playing with the white version of the doll
>and somewhere, sometimes in fine print, there would be
>a caption indicating: This Box Contains the Black
>Note: I found this information on a website entitled
>"Black Dolls". The creator of the site does give a
>link back to my home page; however, credit to its
>author was not given. For the record, these are my

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