Melanites Jaylen Action Pal

Name: Jaylen Action Pal Made by and When: Melanites, 2017 Material: Jointed vinyl Marks: ©2017 Melanites (on the upper back) Height: 18 inches (slim bodied) Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black curly synthetic wig, brown stationary eyes with brown upper eyelashes, closed mouth with brown painted lips Clothes: Blue and gray striped T-shirt, khaki cargo pants, redContinue reading “Melanites Jaylen Action Pal”

Brains and Beauty Nia

Name: Nia Made by and When: Brains and Beauty Dolls, 2021 Material: Artist-doll-type vinyl head, arms, legs, and breastplate; the dark brown cloth mid-torso houses a removable voice box in a zippered back section. Marks: Body tag reads: Brains and Beauty Dolls 2021 / Distributed by: Brains and Beauty Dolls, LLC / Voorhees, NJ 08043,Continue reading “Brains and Beauty Nia”

By the Sea Maya

Name: By the Sea Maya, a 73rd UFDC Convention exclusive Made by and When: Ruby Red Fashion Friends, 2021 Material: String-jointed vinyl with nine joints Marks: On the head: 14 – 6 – 3 MP05 Height: 14 inches (Maya); 4 inches (her doll) Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Removable blonde-streaked brown curly wig, brown stationary hazel eyesContinue reading “By the Sea Maya”

Peggy Pen-Pal

Name: Peggy Pen-Pal Made by and When: Horsman Dolls, Inc., 1970 Material: (Face) Soft vinyl; (body, arms, and legs) rigid plastic, jointed at the elbows and waist Marks: (Head) 25/HORSMAN DOLLS, INC./19©70; (upper back) HORSMAN/DOLLS/INC./© (Box) Style No. 7001 Height: 18 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown saran rooted hair is styled in two sideContinue reading “Peggy Pen-Pal”

Oil-Painted Cloth Doll

Name: Maya Made by and When: Sue Sizemore, 2016 Material: Oil-painted cloth, alpaca wool Marks: (Handwritten on the back) Maya/Sue Sizemore/2016 Height: 17 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown alpaca wool hair styled in soft curly bangs with two side pigtails tied with fabric that matches the dress; realistically painted brown eyes and facial featuresContinue reading “Oil-Painted Cloth Doll”

Oil-Painted Cloth Friend of Hitty

Name: Oil-Painted Cloth Friend of Hitty Dress-Me Doll Made by and When: Sue Sizemore, 2017 Material: Oil-painted cloth Marks: Unmarked Height: 6 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Hand-painted hair, eyes, and mouth; eyes are black Clothes: Painted-on white one-piece underwear, white socks, and black high-top boots  Other: Named “Mimi” by the curator, this one-of-a-kind oil-painted clothContinue reading “Oil-Painted Cloth Friend of Hitty”

Happy Anniversary!

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, on January 17, 2021, one year ago today, DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum was founded. During that time, brick-and-mortar museums and other facilities for the arts, education, and entertainment were closed to the public. The founder of the virtual Black doll museum recognized the need for a site for theContinue reading “Happy Anniversary!”

Needle-Felted Doll

Name: Needle-felted Doll “Nayeli” Made by and When: Sue Sizemore, 2018 Material: Wool Marks: None Height: 8 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Long black hair made of curly yarn, black beaded eyes with white felted sclerae, painted mouth Clothes: Dressed in a peach and white dress with white ribbon at the waist, which matches the whiteContinue reading “Needle-Felted Doll”

Large Armand Marseille #351 Toddler

Name: Large Armand Marseille #351 Toddler Made by and When: Armand Marseille, circa 1925 Material: Bisque socket head on a five-piece composition body Marks: The head is incised A.M. / Germany / 351/7K. Height: 23 Inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black painted hair with sculpted curls around the edges, brown glass sleep eyes, open mouth withContinue reading “Large Armand Marseille #351 Toddler”