Roberta Walker

Name: Roberta Walker

Made by and When: Attributed to Roberta Doll Company, 1950s

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 17 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black saran wig styled in long Shirley Temple curls with original hair pins in place. Amber sleep eyes with eyelashes attached to eyelids, painted lower eyelashes and eyebrows, open mouth with four upper teeth and a red felt tongue; lips are painted red.

Clothes: Redressed as illustrated. (Some original clothes included plaid dresses with straw hats.)

Other: The Roberta Doll company and other doll companies made 17-inch hard plastic “walker” dolls using the same head and body sculpts as this doll. When the pin-jointed legs are moved back and forth in the walking position, the head turns. All fingers on both hands of this doll are separate and curved under slightly. The area above each finger is dimpled. The thumbs point outward.

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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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