Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Shindana Toy Company: Changing the American Doll Industry

The images in this post are from the KCET.org website to announce Season 4, Episode 6 of their Lost LA series of documentaries that explore historical areas and information about Los Angeles, California.  Episode 6 is described below:

Times are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

Season 4, Episode 6 of Lost LA, as described, highlights the contributions Operation Bootstrap made to the LA community in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts riots.  Shindana Toys, the manufacturer of America's first mass-produced Black dolls with ethnically-correct facial features (not white doll with Black skin), was one of several Operation Bootstrap businesses designed to create jobs in the LA community to help stimulate economic growth for the residents.

Updated 9:15 p.m. 11/19/19
The Shindana documentary can be viewed from the KCET.org website at this link https://www.kcet.org/shows/lost-la.

Dolls from my collection are included in this documentary.  The first photos of my dolls appear at 5:12-5:20 minutes and later at 17:32.  The photos are now part of USC Libraries archives.


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