Sleepy Baby

Name: Sleepy Baby Made by and When: Shackman, late 1950s to early-1960s Material: Stuffed stocking face and hands; cloth body, arms, and legs Marks: Unmarked Height: 6-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown bangs (a red cap covers the rest of the head)/stitched closed eyes and stitched mouth with a red circle painted over the stitching. Clothes:Continue reading “Sleepy Baby”

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”

Darling Debbie

Name: Darling Debbie Made by and When: Deluxe Reading, ca. 1958 Material: Stuffed vinyl Marks: 101 (on upper back) Height: 30 inches Hair/Eyes: Black rooted bubble cut, brown sleep eyes Clothes: Redressed in custom-made dress, shoes, and jewelry Other: Sold in grocery stores during the 1950s and 1960s, “some were dressed as bridesmaids in blue,Continue reading “Darling Debbie”

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”

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”