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Subject: Re: Saralee AA

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Date Posted: 16:03:39 10/05/02 Sat
In reply to: janice 's message, "Re: Saralee AA" on 10:44:20 08/25/02 Sun

Sorry,i don't know the exact value of your doll.
I would suggest you ask an antique appraiser.

>>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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