Name: 1940s-1950s Hard Plastic Boy
Made by and When: Unknown, circa 1940s-1950s
Material: Hard plastic
Height: 17 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black wig; dark brown formerly flirty eyes with thin bristle upper eyelashes, closed mouth with painted red full lips; a red dot of paint accents the inner corners of the eyes and nostrils. The nose is broad.
Clothes: Redressed as illustrated in a white T-shirt, red suspender pants, a red cap, white socks, and navy-blue lace-up shoes. The original clothes might have been island attire for a male similar to that worn by the Island Girl in another installation seen here.
Other: Possibly made in the French West Indies during the 1940s-1950s and sold as a souvenir doll, this ebony-complexioned doll has a hard-to-find head sculpt with facial features dedicated to dolls of African descent.
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