Shindana Toys

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Shindana Toys, a division of Operation Bootstrap, Inc. , was a South Central Los Angeles, California cooperative toy company formed in 1968, one of many Operation Bootstrap initiatives undertaken following the 1965 Watts Riots. Company proceeds supported businesses in the Watts area. Shindana (a Swahili word roughly meaning "to compete") Toys was community-owned and founded by Louis S. Smith, II and Robert Hall. Template:Which? The latter was the company's first CEO and President; though he was succeeded in both posts by Smith. The Chase Manhattan Bank, the Mattel Toy Company, Sears Roebuck & Co. , and Equitable Life Assurance helped finance portions of the Shindana Toys operations. According to a doll box from 1975, the company's address and phone number were "6107 So. Central Ave, Los Angeles, Calif 90001 213-231-9387. " Shindana Toys was historically significant for being one of the first toy companies (if not the first) to market ethnically-correct black dolls. A goal of the company was to raise Black consciousness and improve self-image. In a 1970's Los Angeles Associated Press article, company president, Louis Smith said, "We believe that only by learning to love oneself can one learn to love others... Shindana believes that by marketing black dolls and games that both black and white children can learn to relate to at an early age, the company can foster the spirit of what Shindana is all about, love. " From a shop on Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, Doris Conner--an African American, entrepreneurial businesswoman—along with her daughters, Lynne and Tuesday Conner, created, designed, and manufactured many of the clothes worn by Shindana Dolls. They also manufactured the Flip Wilson doll. While the first doll created by Shindana Toys was named "Baby Nancy," many later Shindana Toys dolls featured ethnically correct names, including names that were Swahili in origin. The popular Talking Tamu (Swahili for "sweet") doll was designed to say the following phrases: My name is Tamu. Cool it, baby. Do you like my dress? Hold me tight. I'm sleepy. Can you dig it? Let's play house. I love you. Tamu means 'sweet'. I'm hungry. I'm proud, like you. more »

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1975 OJ Simpson Doll Shindana Toys

1975 OJ Simpson Doll Shindana Toys

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1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll  Vintage Shindana Toys

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll Vintage Shindana Toys

Price: 6.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes and 25 seconds

1972 Shindana Toys Jeans N' Things KIM Black Doll

1972 Shindana Toys Jeans N' Things KIM Black Doll

Price: 20.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds

REDD FOXX, SANFORD AND SON DOLL 1976 REDD FOXX ENTERPRISES / SHINDANA TOYS INC.

REDD FOXX, SANFORD AND SON DOLL 1976 REDD FOXX ENTERPRISES / SHINDANA TOYS INC.

Price: 8.99 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 14 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys 15" Malaika Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys 15" Malaika Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 24.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 19 minutes and 2 seconds

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys  Handmade Outfit

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys Handmade Outfit

Price: 12.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 23 hours, 43 minutes and 55 seconds

 Shindana Toys Vintage 1969 African American Black Baby DOLL 14" Blinking Eyes

Shindana Toys Vintage 1969 African American Black Baby DOLL 14" Blinking Eyes

Price: 6.99 USD

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 SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX 16" STUFFED DOLL SANFORD & SON ~ VBOX NO WORK

SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX 16" STUFFED DOLL SANFORD & SON ~ VBOX NO WORK

Price: 99.99 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds

 Shindana Toys Vintage 1972 12" African American Black Drink & Wet Baby DOLL

Shindana Toys Vintage 1972 12" African American Black Drink & Wet Baby DOLL

Price: 6.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 15 hours, 59 minutes and 20 seconds

1971 CHASE MANHATTAN BANK ADVERTISEMENT SHINDANA TOY CO AD DOLLS BLACK WHITE MEN

1971 CHASE MANHATTAN BANK ADVERTISEMENT SHINDANA TOY CO AD DOLLS BLACK WHITE MEN

Price: 7.98 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 16 hours, 48 minutes and 13 seconds

1975 Shindana Toys Jimmy JJ Walker Dyn-O-Mite Goodtimes TV Box

1975 Shindana Toys Jimmy JJ Walker Dyn-O-Mite Goodtimes TV Box

Price: 120.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 10 hours, 7 minutes and 35 seconds

1972 Shindana Toys African American Vinyl Zuri Baby Doll 12"

1972 Shindana Toys African American Vinyl Zuri Baby Doll 12"

Price: 24.95 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 8 hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds

MALAIKA 15" AFRO FASHION DOLL by SHINDANA TOYS 1960's

MALAIKA 15" AFRO FASHION DOLL by SHINDANA TOYS 1960's

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 20 hours, 46 minutes and 7 seconds

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll  Shindana Toys NIB

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll Shindana Toys NIB

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes and 29 seconds

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE   SHINDANA

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE SHINDANA

Price: 125.0 USD

Time Left: 14 days, 14 hours, 31 minutes and 6 seconds

1976 SANFORD & SON 16" black SHINDANA doll -- MIB -- REDD FOXX

1976 SANFORD & SON 16" black SHINDANA doll -- MIB -- REDD FOXX

Price: 224.95 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 17 hours, 10 minutes and 57 seconds

Vintage18" Black African Doll Shindana toys 18" Baby Doll  Kesha 1977 NIB #7047

Vintage18" Black African Doll Shindana toys 18" Baby Doll Kesha 1977 NIB #7047

Price: 34.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 23 hours, 37 minutes and 39 seconds

Adorable 1969 African American Black Doll Shindana Toys 12" Tall*CUTE

Adorable 1969 African American Black Doll Shindana Toys 12" Tall*CUTE

Price: 15.89 USD

Time Left: 26 days, 21 hours, 1 minute and 47 seconds

1976 76ers DOCTOR J JULIUS ERVING 10" shindana figure -- BASKETBALL minty

1976 76ers DOCTOR J JULIUS ERVING 10" shindana figure -- BASKETBALL minty

Price: 23.95 USD

Time Left: 8 days, 14 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds

Vintage 1972 Shindana Toys 13" Baby Zuri Doll BY SHINDANA --NIB

Vintage 1972 Shindana Toys 13" Baby Zuri Doll BY SHINDANA --NIB

Price: 0.5 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 17 hours, 21 minutes and 51 seconds

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