1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls

Name: 1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls Made by and When: The Edward Mobley Corp./Arrow Manufacturing & Plastic Corp. (1962), CPC (circa 1950s), and Holland Hall Products, Inc. (1964) Material: Vinyl and Plastic Marks: Mobley/Arrow Boy: 16 (within a square on the head); THE EDWARD MOBLEY CO. 1962 / 11 within a square / MadeContinue reading “1950s and 1960s Squeak Toy Dolls”

Dolls by Beatrice Wright Brewington (B. Wright)

Name: Christine, Debbie, and Other Dolls by Beatrice Wright Brewington (B. Wright) Made by and When: B. Wright Toy Company, Ltd., late 1960s Material: Lyka skin (a type of rigid vinyl advertised as “the closest thing to nature’s cover.”)  Marks: The dolls’ heads are either marked 11 / B. Wright or Beatrice Wright / ©1967.Continue reading “Dolls by Beatrice Wright Brewington (B. Wright)”

Why Do You Have Black Dolls?

Filmed in 2012, the award-winning short documentary Why Do You Have Black Dolls? by Samantha Knowles explores why children and adults desire Black dolls. Doll artists, collectors, a museum curator, and other Black-doll enthusiasts were interviewed for this project. Read more about the young filmmaker, Samantha Knowles here. _________ Your comments are valued. Donations aid theContinue reading “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”

Makena Williams and Book

Name: Makena Williams and Book Made by and When: American Girl, 2021 Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; cloth body Marks: (Head) ©AMERICAN GIRL; the cloth body tag reads: American Girl / 2017 / REG. NO. PA-9679 (HK) / MADE IN CHINA / SURFACE WASHABLE / LAVABLE UNIQUEMENT EN SURFACE / CE / 1186 MJ,Continue reading “Makena Williams and Book”

Sass ‘n Class Girls Night Out Dolls

Name: Sass ‘n Class Girls Night Out Dolls Made by and When: Annie Lee for Sandy USA, 2004 Material: Vinyl Marks, Complexion, Figure Size: Each doll has a Sass ‘n Class Annie Lee Girls Night Out hangtag with the doll’s series number and name on the back of the hangtag. Each doll has a numberContinue reading “Sass ‘n Class Girls Night Out Dolls”

Dolls by Madelyn McCraney

A Selection of Dolls by Madelyn McCraney of Kuumba Art Design Studio All dolls in this installation are by Madelyn McCraney of Kuumba Art Design Studio, “whose passion, purpose, and heart’s desire are simple; glorify God in all that she does and bring joy to the hearts of her clientele through her uniquely created KuumbaContinue reading “Dolls by Madelyn McCraney”

C. J. Walker

Name: C. J. Walker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2011 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig in a pinned up, early 1900s style/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: As described by the manufacturer, the doll wears “a two-piece suit cutContinue reading “C. J. Walker”

Bessie Coleman

Name: Bessie Coleman Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2009 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig styled in a bob with bangs/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The doll’s very detailed outfit consists of a brown leatherette jacket, black vinyl beltContinue reading “Bessie Coleman”

Josephine Baker

Name: Josephine Baker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2007 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back), 200/400 (on bottom) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black bob-style wig/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The metallic and pearl bikini top, gold bikini bottom, banana skirt, gold dangle earrings, gold sandals,Continue reading “Josephine Baker”

Billie Holiday

Name: Billie Holiday Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 1997 Material: Hard plastic Marks: MME / ALEXANDER (on back) Height:  9-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown wig in upswept style accented with Billie Holiday’s signature side flower/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with dark lip color Clothes: Shimmery silver sleeveless full-length gown with a trainContinue reading “Billie Holiday”