Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ruby Bridges by Karen O.

This is Ruby Bridges by Karen Oyekanmi.

Won in a silent auction held on November 10, 2018, at the Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale, this 13-1/2-inch full-body porcelain doll represents 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to integrate the William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in September 1960.

Her cute mouth forms the shape of an O.

Ruby's wig is handmade.

Ruby has a handmade black wig that has bangs, four braids in back and one side top braid that is accented with a large white grosgrain ribbon. Her inset eyes are brown with applied upper eyelashes and hand-painted lower eyelashes.

Ruby is dressed in a white dress that has a white floral print.
The fabric of her undies matches the dress fabric.

 The dress closes with Velcro in back.

She wears white lace ankle socks and black patent-leather Mary Jane shoes. 

On her right wrist, she holds a black leatherette book bag.

The studious Ruby has four well-made hardcover books that she carries in her black leatherette book bag. 

The Three Little Kittens is the title of one of Ruby's four books.  The unclear title of the other books is the same but the book cover images differ.

The paper hang tag has a headshot of 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, the back of which reads:

Ruby B.
2018 4/10
by Karen O.

Back of hang tag

Ruby Bridges by Karen Oyekanmi is a very charming doll that has lots of character. I am pleased to own #4 of an edition of 10 dolls, the first of which was a raffle doll at the 2017 American Black Beauty Doll Show and Sale.

Ruby Bridges tribute dolls, L-R, Wilma, Destiny, and Ruby.

In this last picture, Karen O.'s Ruby Bridges doll poses with two other dolls that represent 6-year-old Ruby Bridges.  Wilma is a full-body porcelain 10-1/2-inch doll by Mary Moline, manufactured by Rumblehouse Press in 1981.  Destiny is a 12-inch felt doll by Starkey's Daughter Cloth Dolls, made specifically for me as a gift from the talented artist, Rachel McCullough Sherrod.


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  1. Wow! Ruby is so adorable. What a great addition to your collection.

  2. I love how expressive her face sculpt is! :)

    1. Her expressive face is one thing about her that caught my immediate attention.



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