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Date Posted: 10:44:20 08/25/02 Sun
In reply to: Jimmie 's message, "Saralee AA" on 11:06:23 04/21/02 Sun

>I have a Saralee baby for sale...she is in excellent condition with original clothes. I have no idea of her dealer value versus her retail value... Can you help me? Would you know anyone that would be interested? E-mail for pictures or interest.


Saralee-A Doll with a Noble History
>Great Falls, VA: Why would a former First Lady, a
>Nobel Prize winner, and leading civil right leaders
>get involved with a doll? The answer is that Ideal's
>Saralee doll was a breakthrough doll of her time.
>Saralee was the first doll to truly represent an
>African-American baby. Up until Saralee, doll
>manufacturers simply painted a white doll brown to
>make it "Negro" (as the dolls were called in those
>days). Saralee was different. Not only was the brown
>color molded into the vinyl, her face was especially
>molded by a prominent sculptor after extensive studies
>of real African-American children. The mission of her
>developer Sara Lee Creech of Florida, a social worker,
>was to give African-American children a doll they
>could identify with. Even former First Lady, Eleanor
>Roosevelt, acknowledged the importance of the doll to
>give "joy to the Negro children and add to their
>The Saralee doll was also entrusted with the lofty
>goal of helping to end discrimination. Mrs. Roosevelt
>had stated "The white child in finding herself
>unconsciously choosing a doll without any regard to
>color will forget discrimination." The doll was given
>such importance that Mrs. Roosevelt convened a panel
>of distinguished leaders of the day including Dr.
>Ralph Bunche and Walter White, president of the NAACP,
>to decide on the right color for the doll. Saralee
>then went on to become the official doll of the New
>York City school system among many other honors.
>The little doll with a proud history has been
>reproduced in porcelain from sculptor Sheila
>Burlingamešs original doll. Saraleešs adorable face
>was specially sculpted to look like a real
>African-American baby with brown eyes, an open/closed
>mouth, and molded painted black hair. Saralee is
>wearing a replica of her original yellow ribbon
>trimmed white organdy dress with matching bonnet and
>panties with cute little white tie shoes and white
>The Saralee doll retail's for $99.99.
>Picture available at my website.
>Free shipping!
>Visit our website at:
>Saralee a doll whose mission was to end discrimination
>is truly a doll that anyone and everyone can love.

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