The adventures of a bunch of 18" dolls

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Now that Melody Ellison has been officially released, a member of the AGC board recently asked what doll she – a girl in 1964, directly affected by the Civil Rights struggles of the time, conscious and proud of her black heritage – would have played with.

When I tried to answer, I ashamedly realized that while my previous entries in this series did take some black dolls into account, such as Addy´s Ida Bean and the rag dolls that inspired her, most dolls that I listed are indeed white. While this reflects the market to some degree (more on that in a second), there were more black dolls around than many people are aware of.

The history of black dolls deserves a closer look, and entries of its own.

<Warning: Since this particular entry looks at black dolls up to the mid-20th century, it also includes some that reflect 19th and early 20th century stereotypes that can be offensive to a modern reader. I decided to include them (as did the linked sources I used) because that was what was available at the time, and for a long time, it was all there was.>

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An autograph book is a book for collecting the autographs of others (duh!). Traditionally they were exchanged among friends, colleagues, and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos. Continue reading


  • January 7 – the first black hole is discovered in a neighbouring galaxy. This is the first black hole confirmed outside the Milky Way.
  • January 10 – Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States launch Fraggle Rock, a worldwide program advocating peace. The series is first shown on German TV in November as Die Fraggles.

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