Walking African Girl

Name: Walking African Girl

Made by and When: Pedigree, 1950s

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: Pedigree (on the neck)

Height: 16 inches

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

Clothes: Period-appropriate red circle-print dress, red Cinderella-marked sandals, gold-tone hoop earrings

Other: 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 Walking African Girl by Pedigree


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