Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls

Name: Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls (Various) Made by and When: Daddy’s Long Legs (Karen Germany) from 1993-2002 Material: Wood resin heads, torsos, lower arms, lower legs and feet or sculpted-on shoes; cloth upper arms and upper legs; the bottom of the resin torsos is flat to allow the dolls to sit. Marks: Some dolls bearContinue reading “Daddy’s Long Legs Dolls”

Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls

Name: Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls – A Communicator for the Past and Present Description: Sneha Sureshkumar was a 10th grader at the time she conducted extensive research for the documentary “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls.” Her research and the resulting documentary were part of her state’sContinue reading “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls”

Shani and Friends Video

Please enjoy The Marvelous World of Shani: Mattel’s First “Ethnically Correct” Black Dolls video below. Tidbits and detailed history of the Shani line and other Black friends of Barbie throughout the past four decades are discussed and illustrated. _________ Your comments are valued. Donations aid the initiative to preserve Black-doll history.  If you subscribe to DeeBeeGee’sContinue reading “Shani and Friends Video”

Baby Nancy

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Baby Nancy Made by and When: Shindana Toys/1968 Material: Vinyl Marks: DIV OF/OPERATION BOOTSTRAP, INC. U.S.A. / ©1968 SHINDANA (on head) Height: 13 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair/brown painted eyes/drink and wet mouth with painted pink lips Clothes: Dressed in a variety of brightly colored dresses and panties, bareContinue reading “Baby Nancy”

“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”

Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation

In July 2019, doll enthusiast, Deborah Butler Johnson, conducted a comprehensive live presentation on Black artist dolls at the 2019 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention. The live presentation was recorded. It was so well received that the video was aired during the 2020 Virtual UFDC convention held in July 2020. Click or tap theContinue reading “Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation”

Maybelle the Walking Doll

Name: Maybelle the Walking Doll Made by and When: Advance Dolls and Toys, 1954-1955 Material: Hard Plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes: Black wig, brown sleep eyes Clothes: All original yellow Dotted Swiss dress and matching bonnet, white panties, white socks, and permanently-placed shoes that have rollers underneath Other: Maybelle, a wind-up walking doll,Continue reading “Maybelle the Walking Doll”