Fauna, T. J.’s Gingerbread House Doll

Name:  Fauna, a T. J.’s Gingerbread House Original Doll

Made by and When:  T. J. Robinson, circa 1974

Material:  Stuffed cloth (cotton, polyester/cotton, yarn)

Marks: A cloth tag is sewn to the lower back that has an image of a gingerbread man and woman. The tag reads, “A / GINGERBREAD / HOUSE / ORIGINAL” / COPYRIGHT 1974 / 741 5TH ST. / OAKLAND, CA 94607 / CONTAINS ALL / NEW MATERIALS / COVER AND FILL CONTENTS: 100% Cotton / and Polyester/Cotton

Height: 15 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Multiple loops of black yarn braids are accented with several tiny pink ribbons; has embroidered facial features with star-shaped pupils

Body: This chubby doll has a teddy bear-jointed body.

Clothes: Wears a blue floral print, lace-trimmed dress and matching panties, bare feet

Other: This doll is from the collection of Ms. Elinor Seevak. It was donated to the museum by Ms. Seevak’s daughter, Alison Seevak.

T. J. Robinson was the owner of T. J. Robinson’s Gingerbread House in Oakland, CA from 1974 through approximately 2008.  Ms. Robinson used dolls and other items to decorate the restaurant. She eventually opened a gift shop where Fauna dolls and others were sold.  Follow the link below the gallery to read more about T. J. Robinson’s Gingerbread House and dolls.


Gingerbread House Original Doll


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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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