USSR Black Doll Pair

Name: USSR Black Doll Pair

Made by and When: Lenigruska, 1950s

Material: Rigid vinyl with swivel waists

Marks: Teddy bear icon (doll on the left); embraced female and male icon (doll on the right)

Height: 14 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown rooted hair styled in a bob, black stationary eyes with applied plastic upper eyelashes, closed mouths painted pink and red, respectively

Clothes: The doll on the left wears a handmade African tribal costume with gold hoop earrings; multicolored beaded necklace, bracelets and anklets; and multiple glittery ribbons in the hair. The doll on the right wears two plastic necklaces only.

Other: These circa 1950s rigid vinyl dolls from Russia are jointed in the usual areas (head, arms, upper legs) with swivel waists as added articulation.  They are identical except for lip color and the manufacturer’s marks. Lenigruska is the name of the factory that manufactured these dolls in Leningrad, Russia (now known as Saint Petersburg, Russia). 



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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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