Bonnie Lou, Benji, and So-Sleepy

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn

Name: Bonnie Lou and Benji with Reproduction So-Sleepy

Made by and When: Terri Lee, 1950s and circa 1990s

Material: Hard plastic (Bonnie Lou and Benji); vinyl and cloth (So-Sleepy)

Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (Bonnie Lou and Benji)

Height: Bonnie Lou and Benji are 16 inches tall; So Sleepy is 5 inches tall.

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Bonnie Lou and Benji: Black wigs/painted facial features by Terri Lee doll artists/closed mouths. So-Sleepy: Painted black hair/closed eyes/closed, painted lips.

Clothes: Bonnie Lou and Benji wear original matching bird-print fashions, replaced socks and shoes. So-Sleepy wears a sewn-on mint green romper that has a pink ribbon tied around one foot.

Other: So-Sleepy was a Terri Lee Convention Souvenir doll from the 1990s, a reproduction of their 1950s doll of the same name. So-Sleepy is the only reproduction doll in this installation.

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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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