Friday, March 8, 2013

Cammie Goes to College

Circa 1992 Cammie Goes to College
This United Negro College Fund (UNCF)-endorsed 11-1/2-inch fashion doll is Cammie Goes to College.  Several dolls in a variety of fashions were introduced during the early
1990s, manufactured in China for College Bound Dolls, Inc., which was obviously a subsidiary of Diversified Educational Services.  According to online research, "On Wednesday, July 08, 1992, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for CAMMIE GOES TO COLLEGE by Diversified Educational Services, Detroit, MI 48235."


I once owned at least four of the different Cammie dolls.  Regrettably, I sold all except the featured doll. 

My Cammie wears a navy blue jacket, pleated skirt, and navy and white polka dot blouse with black pumps.  An extra gray jogging suit and pair of white vinyl sneakers are included along with diploma and an informative parent guide and reading list, which is described below in the next set of images. 

A certificate of admission is shown on back of box which also illustrates names of several American colleges and universities.


The side panels also illustrate a host of colleges and universities.

Cammie enjoyed freedom from her box for the length of time it took to snap this photograph.

The familiar UNCF slogan is illustrated on the front of Cammie's box.

Cammie has black rooted hair styled in a side-swept ponytail with bangs, brown painted eyes, and appealing facial features that are unmistakably that of a beautiful African American girl.

The Cammie Goes to College Parent Guide and Reading List has a copyright date of 1991.  The copyright page contains the final verses of the poem, The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan:
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold,
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a mother who read to me.



The sections of the parent guide and reading list booklet are as follows:

  • Guiding Your Child to Academic Success
  • Health and Well-Being:  Parent and Child
  • Your Child and Others:  Building Good Relationships
  • Home and School: A Partnership for Success
  • Parent and Child Together:  Quality Experiences

Reading: The Key To Success is the final section of the booklet, which encourages parents to read to their children.  When the child is old enough, parents are encouraged to have their children read to them.  Scans of the grade-level recommended reading lists are shown below (click on each for a better view of  these impressive lists):







Designed for ages 3 and up, Cammie Goes to College and the accompanying parent guide and recommended reading lists served little recipients well by promoting their academic success and future admission into an institution of higher learning.


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14 comments:

  1. What a cute doll! I have never seen her before.

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    1. Thanks, Zendelle. I love her features, theme, and the booklet (basically everything about her).

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  2. Where were these dolls sold? I never saw them before but they were a very worthwhile product and I really like the doll's facial features. Thanks for letting us know about Cammie.

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    1. Hi Paulette,

      My memory is quite fuzzy on where I purchased Cammie and the others that I sold. I believe I found them at either K-Mart or Toys R Us. I am leaning toward K-Mart since the box does not have a TRU price tag, butI could have removed that.

      At one time I had this doll in a local antiques mall where I sold some of my dolls. I placed the $20 price tag on the box, which may be on top of the original price tag.

      Do stay tuned for my next post.

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  3. How awesome is this! I love her face. This is my first time seeing the Cammie doll. I am surprised you sold off so many.

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  4. I love the concept of the doll and the idea. The doll also came in a hispanic version or light skin tone. The dolls were not made well. I have two of them and one arm fell off on both of them.

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    1. That's too bad the arms fell off on two of your dolls, MDW. I guess we can blame the poor craftsmanship on China manufacturing.

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  5. She is pretty darn adorable. I love how they gave her a nice outfit and one for when she gained that freshman 15.

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    1. Hi Muff,

      I am not sure the manufacturer included a jogging suit with each Cammie for the expected freshman weight gain, but interestingy, each doll's extra fashion was a jogging suit.

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  6. Cute doll! I have never seen nor heard of her. Thanks so much for the insight on so many pretty black dolls. I get so excited every time you feature one I have never seen before.

    @Muff - Lol! (Freshman 15)

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    1. You're welcome, GG.

      Muff's Freshman 15 comment was both perceptive and funny!

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  7. I have one an wanted to sale what's the going price never played with still in the box?

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    1. Check the status of completed eBay auctions to get an idea of the average selling price in today's market.

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