Installations

Free Moving Cara

Name: Free Moving Cara Made by and When: Mattel, 1974 (was probably on the market in 1975) Material: Vinyl with articulated waist and a “Free Mover” lever on the back Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair with a middle part and orange ribbons holding strands of hair on both sides of the face/brown paintedContinue reading “Free Moving Cara”

Free Moving Curtis

Name: Free Moving Curtis Made by and When: Mattel, 1974 (probably released to the market in 1975) Material: Vinyl with articulated waist, bendable knees, and a “Free Mover” lever on the back Marks: ©1968 MATTEL, INC. (on the head); ©1968 MATTEL, INC./TAIWAN/U.S. PATENT/PENDING Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted black molded hair/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes:Continue reading “Free Moving Curtis”

First Black Francie

Name: First Black Francie (a.k.a. “Colored” Francie) Made by and When: Mattel, box date ©1965 (released in 1967) Material: Vinyl Marks: (Inside head rim) ©1965 Mattel Inc; (body) ©1966/Mattel, Inc +/- Country/U.S. Patented/U.S. Pat. Pend/Made in Japan Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Red rooted, below-the-shoulder length hair with flipped ends and straight bangs/light brown painted eyesContinue reading “First Black Francie”

Sho’ White Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Sumner Name: Sho’ White Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, designed by Stephen Sumner in 2007 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Designer’s Description: Sho’ White is wearing a ruffled collared top with sheer puffed sleeves layered under a satin bustier.  Over this is worn a mesh floral tank top with goldContinue reading “Sho’ White Barbie”

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