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Subject: Black Dolls -- Did You Know?

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Date Posted: 09:09:47 07/04/01 Wed

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 Version.

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 words.

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Re: Black Dolls -- Did You Know?Cheryl Myers03:41:00 07/13/01 Fri
Re: Black Dolls -- Did You Know?Shelly Biggs09:54:07 07/24/01 Tue
Re: Black Dolls -- can you help?Beth O'Brien12:22:18 11/12/01 Mon
Re: Black Dolls -- Did You Know?STEPHEN CHAMBERS (MNYAMA CARDS)02:42:59 01/04/02 Fri

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