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Wednesday, March 21, 2007


In 1951, The Ideal Toy Corporation released what they felt was the first "correct" Negro Doll ever made. Previous dolls were either "pickaninny" dolls or white dolls painted black. Sara Lee Creech of Belle Glade, Fl photographed and carefully measured children from her hometown and sent the information to sculptress Sheila Burlingame, who made four head models that were used as the basis for the dolls. 17-18" tall and made of Vinylite plastic with moving eyes, the dolls sold from 1951-1953 for $6.95. Today, Saralee dolls can easily bring $150+. (Inspired from an old Life Magazine Article)babydoll.jpg

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