Maybelle the Walking Doll

Name: Maybelle the Walking Doll

Made by and When: Advance Dolls and Toys, 1954-1955

Material: Hard Plastic

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 18 inches

Hair/Eyes: Black wig, brown sleep eyes

Clothes: All original yellow Dotted Swiss dress and matching bonnet, white panties, white socks, and permanently-placed shoes that have rollers underneath

Other: Maybelle, a wind-up walking doll, is the counterpart to Wanda the Walking Doll. The rollers under her molded-on shoes help glide the feet as the doll walks. Unlike most dolls from this era and in decades before and beyond, Maybelle has her own personalized box. She did not have to share Wanda the Walking Doll’s box. She does, however, share the instructions written for Wanda as illustrated in the gallery photo. Maybelle is a wind-up walker activated by the wind-up key in the side of the body.

Video and Gallery


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Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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