African Festival Figures (Paper Dolls)

Name:  Festival Figures: Children from Around the World in Their Colorful Holiday Dress, African Set: (1st picture) Ethiopia, Lesotho, Zambia, Senegal; (2nd picture) Liberia, Tanzania, Ghana, Madagascar

Made by and When:  United States Committee for Unicef in cooperation with the George S. Carrington Company, 1978

Material:  Paper

Marks:  Unmarked

Height:  Figures, approximately 14 inches; envelope, 10-1/2 x 15-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth:  Artist’s realistic renderings

Description of Clothes:  As illustrated, the clothing worn by these figures represents festival costumes worn in the represented East, West, and South African countries.

Other: Unicef released six sets of illustrated paper figures:  Mediterranean, Latin American, African (this set), North American, Asian, and International (which is a catch-all for nations which did not fit into the other five sets of eight figures; for example, Kenya and Nigeria are in the International set). This set includes a description of each represented African country and a separate instruction sheet on how and where to use these paper figures.


Photographs courtesy of a museum benefactor.


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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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