Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn
Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s
Material: Hard plastic
Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending
Height: 16 inches
Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black fur wig/painted facial features/closed mouth with painted red lips
Clothes: White button-down shirt with pointed collar, red suspender pants, white socks, black shoes; Benji is missing his red cap and red jacket.
Other: This Benji was painted by Jackie Ormes (African American cartoonist), who created the Patty-Jo dolls in collaboration with the Terri Lee company. According to this doll’s owner, Karen Kilburn, older Terri Lee dolls have a color dot of paint inside the back of the head that identifies the artist that painted the face.