Gayle (Friend of Sindy)

Name: Gayle

Made by and When: Marx Toys, 1977

Material: Posable vinyl

Marks: Gayle’s head is marked:

2GEN 1077 / 033055X

The body marks are:

Made in / Hong Kong

Height: 11 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black rooted hair, black painted eyes that glance to the doll’s right, closed mouth with painted pink lips

Clothes: Red floral dress with white puffed sleeve attached blouse, white panties, white vinyl flat shoes

Other: Gayle is an 11-inch fashion doll distributed in the US by Louis Marx in 1978. Gayle’s friend Sindy originated in England in the 1960s, manufactured by Pedigree but was later distributed in the US by Marx. The 1970s Sindy and Gayle dolls share the same sculpt. Pedigree also made dark-skinned Sindys for the British market. Active Sindy was an articulated ballerina.  A non-articulated Black Sindy is shown here.  Gayle was sold exclusively in the US.

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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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