African Baby

Name: African Baby

Made by and When: Pedigree, 1950s

Material: Hard plastic (cellulose acetate)

Marks: Pedigree (on the neck)

Height: 16 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black astrakhan wig/brown eyes/red painted open lips with two inserted upper teeth

Clothes: Redressed as shown, has original gold-tone hoop earrings

Other: The doll’s flirty eyes are now stationary. During the 1950s and prior, Pedigree used very deep coloring for the dolls that represented people of African descent. This color was not as widely used in the United States for Black dolls unless they were derogatory caricatures of Black people.

1950s African Baby by Pedigree

Published by DeeBeeGee

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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