Name: Cammie Goes to College (two versions)
Made by and When: Manufactured in China for College Bound Dolls, Inc., a subsidiary of Diversified Educational Services, circa 1992
Material: Vinyl with bendable knees and a swivel waist
Marks: CHINA (on the head); MADE IN/CHINA (on the body)
Height: 11-1/2 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black rooted hair, brown painted eyes, closed mouth with dark lip color
Clothes: The dolls are dressed conservatively with an extra casual fashion attached to the box liner.
Doll 1 wears a navy-blue jacket, pleated skirt, and navy and white polka dot blouse with black pumps. An extra gray jogging suit and a pair of white vinyl sneakers are included along with a diploma and an informative parent guide and recommended age-based reading lists (see the slideshow).
Doll 2 is dressed in a red two-piece fashion, the top of which has a Kente-cloth-print sash. Red high heels complement the fashion. Her extra outfit is a white jogging suit that has College Bound CB (within a circle) on the shirt in blue lettering. A pink plastic comb and brush are included along with the same parent guide and recommended reading list that came with doll 1.
Cammie Goes to College is a United Negro College Fund (UNCF)-endorsed 11-1/2-inch fashion doll released in the early 1990s, designed by a Detroit-based company, Diversified Educational Services. The dolls were released wearing a variety of fashions. Most, if not all, came with an extra fashion attached to the box liner.
At least four different United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Cammie Goes to College dolls were released, each dressed in different fashions. The front of the box has the UNCF slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste!”
A certificate of admission is shown on the back of the box, which also illustrates the names of several colleges and universities. The side panels also illustrate a host of colleges and universities.
Each doll came with the Cammie Goes to College Parent Guide and Reading List. The reading section of the Parent Guide encourages parents to read to their children. When the child is old enough, parents are encouraged to have their children read to them. In the slideshow are scans of the grade-level recommended reading lists.
Designed for ages 3 and up, Cammie Goes to College and the accompanying parent guide and recommended reading lists served little recipients well by promoting their academic success and future admission into an institution of higher learning.
Slideshow (Use the arrows, leader dots, or swipe to advance the slideshow.)
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