Ida B. Wells Barbie

Name: Ida B. Wells Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2021 Material: Vinyl with extra articulation at the elbows, wrists, and knees. Marks: (On the head) ©2011 Mattel; (on left buttocks in gold) HCE80; (right buttocks) ©2016 MATTEL / 1186 MJ, 1, NL / MADE IN INDONESIA Height: 11-1/2 inches on a Curvy Barbie bodyContinue reading “Ida B. Wells Barbie”

C. J. Walker

Name: C. J. Walker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2011 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig in a pinned up, early 1900s style/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: As described by the manufacturer, the doll wears “a two-piece suit cutContinue reading “C. J. Walker”

Bessie Coleman

Name: Bessie Coleman Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2009 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig styled in a bob with bangs/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The doll’s very detailed outfit consists of a brown leatherette jacket, black vinyl beltContinue reading “Bessie Coleman”

Josephine Baker

Name: Josephine Baker Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2007 Material: Hard plastic Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back), 200/400 (on bottom) Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black bob-style wig/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: The metallic and pearl bikini top, gold bikini bottom, banana skirt, gold dangle earrings, gold sandals,Continue reading “Josephine Baker”

Billie Holiday

Name: Billie Holiday Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 1997 Material: Hard plastic Marks: MME / ALEXANDER (on back) Height:  9-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown wig in upswept style accented with Billie Holiday’s signature side flower/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with dark lip color Clothes: Shimmery silver sleeveless full-length gown with a trainContinue reading “Billie Holiday”

Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell

Name: Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell – 1978 to the present About the Artist: Floyd Bell, a master carver and former woodshop instructor, delights in carving wooden dolls. A peg-jointed Victorian-style doll became his first doll in 1978 while attempting to illustrate to his students that something beautiful could be carved from wood. MadeContinue reading “Carved Wood Dolls by Floyd Bell”

Amanda

Photographs courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Amanda Made by and When: Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, 2021 Material: Wool-blend felt face over sculpted polymer clay, stuffed wool-blend felt arms and legs, and stuffed cotton-blend material (for the head and torso) Marks: Signed by the artist, RachelContinue reading “Amanda”