Vintage 1950's IDEAL Saralee Doll - Very Rare First Black Doll Made - Vinyl 18
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Craftedto accurately reflect the beauty of African American children, it was created by a white woman from Belle Glade, Florida named Sara Lee Creech. Creech had seen black children playing with white dolls and was struck by the realization that there were no dolls of their own race for these children. She decided to provide a realistic black doll that promoted a positive image of African Americans for both black and white children.The Saralee Doll was developed in consultation with educators and religious leaders of both races and manufactured by the Ideal Toy Corporation. It came on the market at a time when toy companies demonstrated little interest in making black dolls. Those that were made generally reflected crude racial stereotypes.
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took an interest in the project, calling the dolls “reproduced well with careful study of the anthropological background of the race [and] a lesson in equality for little children." To attract national attention, Roosevelt hosted a tea to consult on the appropriate skin... read more