Black Francie reproduction, 1997
As we have seen in the previous post, while a few attempts at more realistic black dolls were made well before the 1960s, they were no huge overall success. While there was a black version of most popular dolls, they were usually using the regular mold and just changed vinyl colors – like Mattel did with their black version of Barbie´s cousin Francie, issued in 1967, which was a black version of the regular Francie sculpt. It would take until the end of the decade before more black dolls with a dedicated, realistic sculpt came onto the market. “The first Black doll to be given the name Barbie did not arrive on the doll scene until 1979 (box year) or 1980 (market year).” Source
The Outdoor Girls series was published between 1913 and 1933 by the Stratemeyer syndicate (later responsible for Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys etc.). It was very one of the earliest and most popular girls´ adventure series.