Talking Tamu

Name and Manufacturer:  Talking Tamu by Shindana Toys, Inc., 1970

Talking Tamu by Shindana Toys, Inc., 1970 is seen in an image from Pinterest.

Description: Talking Tamu by Shindana Toys, Inc. is a pull-string talker. The doll was photographed, described, and given a 2003 value in The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, as illustrated in the following scanned image from the book.

Talking Tamu’s photo, description, and value from The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, 2003)

Other: Tamu means “sweet” in Swahili. Later versions of Talking Tamu dressed differently were made. The doll wears a pink and white floral-print dress in the Shindana Toys 1975 catalog as illustrated below.

Talking Tamu, stock number 1015, is included in Shindana Toys 1975 catalog.

Play the video of the sound files below to listen to Talking Tamu speak. The sound files are courtesy of @dollstoyscomics.

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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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