The Michelle Obama Dress-up Doll

Name: The Michelle Obama Dress-up Doll Made by and When: Danbury Mint, 2009 Material: Vinyl, string jointed, with 12 points of articulation Marks: D/M ©MBI (the D is over the M with a line drawn between the D and the M) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Removable center-parted black bob wig that attaches to the headContinue reading “The Michelle Obama Dress-up Doll”

Nelson R. Mandela

Name: Nelson R. Mandela Talking Action Figure Made by and When: Time Capsule Toys® 2005   Material:  Vinyl and rigid plastic Height:  12 inches with extra articulation Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Sculpted gray hair/painted blue eyes/smiling, open mouth with painted teeth Clothing:  Blue three-piece suit, white shirt, blue tie, black socks and shoes; (white boxer shorts have the SouthContinue reading “Nelson R. Mandela”

Muhammad Ali “I Am the Greatest”

Name: Muhammad Ali “I Am the Greatest” Made by and When: Effanbee, 1986 Material: All vinyl Marks: Effanbee/1986/ M. ALI (on the head) Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Molded black hair/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Wears a replica of Ali’s Everlast white satin, red-trimmed boxing trunks with matching robe; wears molded-on boxing gloves and white fauxContinue reading “Muhammad Ali “I Am the Greatest””

Ruby Bridges

Photograph courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Ruby Bridges (a one-of-a-kind doll) Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2020 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed and dated by the artist,Continue reading “Ruby Bridges”

Linda Brown

Photograph courtesy of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Linda Brown (a one-of-a-kind) doll Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2019 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed by the artist, Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s DaughterContinue reading “Linda Brown”

One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou

Name: One-of-a-kind Maya Angelou Made by and When: Debbie Behan Garrett, 2014 (revised in 2015) Material: Vinyl with mask face made of T-shirt transfer molded over polymer clay Marks: ©BIG BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS INC. 2000 (on the head); BIG/BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS/INC./©2001 (on the back) Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair pulled up in a curly ponytail/printed photo faceContinue reading “One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou”

Destiny’s Child Dolls (Mattel)

Photographs courtesy of Telisa Spain Name: Destiny’s Child Dolls (Kelly, Beyoncé, and Michelle) Made by and When: Mattel, ©2005 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Below-the-shoulder-length brunette rooted hair (Kelly and Michelle), long blonde rooted hair (Beyoncé)/painted brown eyes with rooted eyelashes/smiling mouths with molded and painted teeth Clothes:  Kelly, Beyoncé, and Michelle wear gold, pink,Continue reading “Destiny’s Child Dolls (Mattel)”