Jackie Robinson

Name: Jackie Robinson Made by and When: Allied Grand Doll Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1950 Material: Composition Marks: Unmarked Height: 13 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black molded hair/black side-glancing eyes/open-closed mouth with painted teeth. Clothes: White flannel Dodgers uniform with flannel belt, blue knit socks, black lace-up shoes (original); has replaced cap, baseball and bat.   Other: DodgersContinue reading “Jackie Robinson”

Saralee Negro Doll

Name: Saralee Negro Doll Made by and When: Ideal Toy Corporation, 1951 Material: Vinyl with brown cloth body Marks: Ideal Dolls (on head) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black curls, brown sleep eyes with eyelashes/open-closed mouth with a molded tongue Clothes: Light blue organdy Ideal-tagged dress, white socks, off-white shoes, replaced blue bonnet; the dollContinue reading “Saralee Negro Doll”

Saralee’s Sister

Name: Saralee’s Sister (and other siblings) Made by and When: Ideal, circa 1952 Material: Vinyl Marks: Ideal Doll / CS17 (on the head); Ideal Doll / P17 / o (on the back) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Deeply sculpted black curls with a widow’s peak/ brown sleep eyes with eyelashes, open mouth with molded tongue, paintedContinue reading “Saralee’s Sister”

“Maggie Pearl” by Leo Moss

Photographs courtesy of B. W. Flowers Name: “Maggie Pearl” Made by and When: Leo Moss, 1800s Material: Papier-mâché head, hard plastic body Marks: Unmarked Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Tightly curled sculpted hair/inset black glass eyes/closed mouth with muted red painted lips Clothes: Redressed in a red and white gingham dress, white pantaloons and socks, andContinue reading ““Maggie Pearl” by Leo Moss”

Amosandra/Patsy Baby

Name: Amosandra/Patsy Baby Made by and When: Effanbee, 1936 Material: Composition Marks: EFFANBEE / Patsy Baby (nape of neck and mid-back) Height: 9-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair with three tufts/painted black side-glancing eyes/closed red lips Clothes: Floral-print dress, matching panties, red ribbons in hair; has gold-tone Effanbee Patsy Baby Kin bracelet Other: In theContinue reading “Amosandra/Patsy Baby”

Amosandra by Sun Rubber

Name: Amosandra Made by and When: The Sun Rubber Company, 1949 Material: Rubber Marks: ©Amosandra, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (on head); Designed by Ruth E. Newton / Manufactured by The Sun Rubber Company/Barberton, OH USA [indiscernible patent numbers] (on back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black sculpted/inset brown stationary eyes/drinker mouth Clothes: Original one-piece wrap-around romperContinue reading “Amosandra by Sun Rubber”

Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo

Name: Patty-Jo Made By/Year: Terri Lee Doll Co., 1947 Designed by: Jackie Ormes Material: Composition-type hard plastic Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (on doll’s back) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mannequin wig, painted black eyes, closed mouth with red lip color Clothing: Wears original, tagged Terri Lee red and white check sundress with matching largerContinue reading “Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo”

1870s Black Cloth Doll Pair

Name: Handmade 1870s Black Cloth Pair Height: 19 inches Made By and When: Anna Frances “Fanny” Skinner Henry, ca. 1870s Composition: Black silk was used for their heads, body, and limbs. Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The man has hair made of loops of black yarn. The woman has no hair underneath the headscarf. Eyes are buttons.Continue reading “1870s Black Cloth Doll Pair”