Friday, January 15, 2016

Searching for Black Dolls on Ruby Lane


RubyLane.com, "the world's largest curated marketplace for vintage and antiques," has published the first of a two-part blog series entitled, Searching for Black Dolls on Ruby Lane.  The first part can be read here.

I hope you enjoy it!

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful blog. It's an honor for Ruby Lane!

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  2. Cool website. Thanks for sharing! I've been searching for the African American version of the Heart Family grandparents. I saw them as a preteen but was too ashamed to ask for them because I felt to old to play with Barbie dolls. I no regret not asking because I can't find a trace of them not even one picture. My quest continues.

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    1. Heart Family Grandparents? I've never seen an AA version of these dolls either, AG Lanc. I do own the complete AA Happy Family, which includes the grandparents, as seen here. I also own different versions of the AA Heart family: parents and children, but have never seen grandparents.

      I wish as a child you had not been too ashamed to ask for these. It saddens me when adults tell children they are too old for dolls. A child, in my opinion, is never too old for a doll. Dolls are forever, so why can't they be loved forever by whomever?

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  3. "...my eclectic family of three-dimensional inanimate reflections of people of African descent". Literally the most concise description of how a collector sees their dolls I've had the joy to read! Awesome post, and looking forward to part 2! Belated Happy New Year to you Debbie! :D

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    1. Hello Julius and belated Happy New Year to you. Thank you for taking the time to read the Ruby Lane post. It delights me that you found it enjoyable. I look forward to your comment regarding part 2. :-)

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  4. I have just finished reading the post on Ruby Lane and I enjoyed reading about your experience with Ruby Lane. It is sure is nice to have a place where to find some real collectable black dolls. Tyron and the baby bump look-alike dolls caught my eyes.
    I am also taking the opportunity to thank you for contacting TONNER. I don't know if they will release a dark skinned My Imagination doll, but thank you for all the little (and not so little) dark skinned girls around the world who also have the right to imagine and dream.
    Arlette

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read the Ruby Lane post, Arlette. I truly appreciate you and others who read my "musings" and comment afterward. I welcome the feedback.

      When I saw your original post about your My Imagination doll, I rushed to the website to see if at least one "doll of color" was included. I was very disappointed to discover that none are and had to write the Tonner folks and let them know how I felt. "Because it is very important for ALL girls to use their imaginations through doll play, it was quite remiss on your part to exclude dolls representing black and brown girls, particularly at such an affordable price point."

      I hope they will do better.

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