Saralee’s Sister

Name: Saralee’s Sister

Made by and When: Ideal, circa 1952

Material: Vinyl

Marks: Ideal Doll/CS17 (on the head); Ideal Doll/P17/o (on the back)

Height: 17 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black curls with a widow’s peak/ brown sleep eyes with eyelashes, open mouth with molded tongue, painted red lips

Clothes: Redressed

Other: Several different head sculpts were proposed as siblings for Ideal’s Saralee Negro Doll after or during the time Saralee was made. It is unknown if these were widely produced or produced in low numbers. It is suspected that low numbers were produced. A baby brother with a cloth body, this 17-inch all-vinyl doll (that could be a boy or a girl), and a 14-inch all-vinyl doll redressed as a boy have been documented as Saralee’s siblings by collectors who own them.

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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