African Tribal Dolls
|| Black Dolls
for white Children
|| Black Barbie Dolls
Black Rag dolls
||Black Paper Dolls|| Black Rag Dolls
|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.
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.
Topsy Turvy Dolls
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
Barbie's Friend ChristieFirst 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.