Black Ginny dolls by Vogue date back to the early 1950s, first appearing as a hard plastic, 7-1/2 inch, toddler. A beautiful version of the 1954 My First Corsage #62 Ginny can be seen at Kaylee's Corner. An image of this doll is also featured in Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, page 65, courtesy of Kaylee's Corner. My First Corsage #62 Ginny is described as follows:
This Ginny is an outstanding example of a very rare black Ginny produced for only a few years, 1953 as a strung, and 1954 as a walker, and, in a very limited supply. The Corsage series was a high quality, popular one. Each fancy outfit came with its own corsage in a plastic cylinder container. The dress also has a pretty lace petticoat with satin trim as part of the outfit. The trim on her hat matches the corsage in box. She wears plastic side-snap, flat-heeled shoes.
During the 1950s, Fortune Dolls, Plated Molded Arts (PMA), Virga, and other companies produced their versions of hard plastic, Ginny-type dolls, but Ginny has remained "America's Sweetheart."
Throughout her existence, Ginny has ranged in size from 7-1/2 inches to 8 inches. Her body styles have changed from chubby, to slim, and back to chubby again. There are now 5-inch mini Ginnys as well. Reportedly, a new AA male will enter the line this year along with the first African American Crib Crowd doll.