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American Manufactured

American Manufactured

These dolls were made in the 1920-1930ís when most white molded dolls were painted brown or black. Small tufts of yarn could be added for hair. Amosandra, Dressed in red and white checked dress, a rubber baby doll that represents the daughter of Amos, from the CBS radio program of Amos and Andy. She came with her own birth certificate, which dates 1949. Since the late fifties, there has been an increase of black dolls on the markets, and since the civil rights movement of the 60ís, there has been an increase in the number of black doll manufacturers to produce ethnically correct dolls for African-American families. Dressed in a yellow and white organdy dress, wearing a matching hat is the first ethnically corrected doll made by Ideal Doll Company. She is made of vinyl and cloth and her name is Sara Lee. Her creator is Sara Lee Creech from Belle Glade, Florida, who thought that Negro children should have a doll that looked like them. The Sara Lee doll is a celebrity because first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Bunche, the NAACP and many prominent persons endeared her.

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