Antique, vintage, modern and one-of-a-kind (OOAK) black dolls

Mission Statement: DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum™ endeavors to preserve Black-doll history by documenting historically significant and noteworthy contemporary Black dolls.

This online museum, which is open 24/7 curates antique, vintage, modern, and one-of-a-kind Black dolls through photographs, detailed descriptions, links to additional references, and videos. The curated doll categories are defined as follows:

Antique Dolls: A doll is considered antique when it is 80-years-old or older.

Vintage dolls can be categorized in several ways. One way of categorizing vintage dolls is by the year the doll was made, during the 1940s, but dolls that were not made until the 1960s that are still being made today have a subcategory of vintage dolls. Take Barbie, for example, vintage Barbies are considered dolls made from 1959 through 1967.  Some might even consider Barbies made in the 1980s or 1990s as vintage. Then there are Black friends of Barbie that also have a subcategory of vintage dolls. For the purpose of this site, which is devoted to Black-doll information, a doll will be considered vintage according to the year the doll was made and/or the vintage subcategory into which it falls. Vintage Black Barbies and Friends were made from 1967-1980. Generally, unless the doll falls into a subcategory of vintage, dolls made between the 1940s and 1960 will be considered vintage.

Modern dolls are typically considered dolls made from the 1960s through the present, but as indicated under the description of vintage dolls, some dolls that are considered vintage originated during the modern doll era. When a doll is truly modern and does not fall into a vintage-doll subset, it will be classified as modern (made from 1961-present).

A one-of-a-kind or OOAK doll is a doll that no other doll is like. These dolls are usually handmade by doll artists and are treasured in the hands of collectors because they know no one else in the world has a doll exactly like it.

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