Kader Baby

Name: Kader Baby

Made by and When: Kader, 1950s-1960s

Material: Hard plastic head, vinyl body with jointed wrists

Marks: 20 ½ B.H. (on the head); embossed OK symbol (the initials OK inside a globe) / B 3520 / KADER / MADE IN HONG KONG

Height: 21 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black sculpted hair with a Widow’s peak, dark blue sleep eyes with plastic eyelashes attached (some are missing), unevenly painted eyebrows, open mouth with two sculpted upper teeth, red-painted lips, and a molded tongue which is attached to the eye mechanism; the tongue retracts when the eyes close.

Clothes: Redressed in a newborn-size shirt, romper, matching hat, bib, and white knit booties; the dolls could be dressed as a girl or a boy.

Other: Kader dolls usually have hard plastic heads and vinyl bodies.  They vary in size from 7-1/2 inches to a rare, 25-inch version.  Made in Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s, they were distributed chiefly in Australia and New Zealand by Kader (also known as OK Kader).   Both Black and White versions were made with blue and brown sleep eyes used for both.  The blue-eyed Black dolls are the rarest.

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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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