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African Tribal Dolls
African Tribes used many dolls as part of
thier rituals. Thesse dolls brought different
meanings
. Many African tribes are known for their masterful carvings. Tribes and carving families developed their particular styles in many forms of sculpture in  dolls. Although most carving and art training was passed down from family members, on occasion a man wanting more training could apprentice himself to a well respected carver outside of his tribe. Great African carvers achieved acclaim for their abilities and were a source of pride for their communities.
wooden dolls
  Black Dolls  for White         Children
The first commercially made black dolls were paper mache made in Germany in the 1820s. They were dressed as servants and meant to be playthings for white children. Nearly all of the bisque doll makers included black dolls in their line and as early as 1885 some advertising was aimed at parents of black children. Through the years black dolls have been divided into two types: white dolls painted black and dolls with ethnic features. Many nationalities other than African American have been represented and every medium from wax to felt has been used.

                        Paper Dolls
    


      Back paper dolls were first printed about 140 years ago.the first black paper dolls, Topsey, a character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" The paper doll was part of an 1863 promotional campaign for the book
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Click to use the zoom feature                    Topsy Turvy Dolls
19 th
To counteract these early images, Grayson made
sure that her exhibit featured Torchy Brown, "a
shapely, sophisticated, no-nonsense fashion maven"
cartoon character that was created in 1937 by
Jackie Ormes. The work of Ormes, the first
syndicated black female illustrator, appeared
 in the black-owned newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier.


 Imagines pre civil rights   movement
Before the 1950s, images of blacks in the
mainstream press and popular culture
 were "subservient and menial," Grayson
 said. Two examples at the exhibit are Aunt
Dinah, the Colored Cook, which appeared
 in the April 1911 issue of McCall's magazine;
and the Mammy Cook and her Thanksgiving
 Dinner paper doll, published in the magazine
 called The Delineator in November 1912
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     Barbie's Friend Christie
1980
First Black Barbie/ Ebony Christie MIB
The first black Barbie was #1293 Black Barbie
This beauty was released in Europe as
Ebony Christie but they are exactly the
same doll Imported from Italy
just painted black.

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