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. 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.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.[citation needed]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. Operation Bootstrap contracted with Mattel Toymakers to create a talking voice unit, just like the one invented for Chatty Cathy in 1960, for their doll Tamu in 1971. The popular Talking Tamu (Swahili for "sweet") doll was designed to say the following 11 phrases when you pulled her "talking ring": 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.Tamu was featured in the Sears Roebuck, JC Penney, and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogs, and available in most stores where ever toys were sold. more »

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RARE HTF SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW 16" PLUSH  DOLL SANFORD & SON

RARE HTF SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW 16" PLUSH DOLL SANFORD & SON

Price: 10.0 USD

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1975 Vintage Jimmy JJ Walker - Original HAT - Good Times Action Figure SHINDANA

1975 Vintage Jimmy JJ Walker - Original HAT - Good Times Action Figure SHINDANA

Price: 45.0 USD

Time Left: 27 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes and 11 seconds

Zuri Doll Shindana Toys Vintage 1972

Zuri Doll Shindana Toys Vintage 1972

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 15 days, 23 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys Black Baby  Janie Doll 15" Tall - Never Removed From Box

1969 Shindana Toys Black Baby Janie Doll 15" Tall - Never Removed From Box

Price: 49.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 11 hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds

Vintage Flip Wilson Geraldine Pull String Talking Doll Shindana Toys 1970 w/ Box

Vintage Flip Wilson Geraldine Pull String Talking Doll Shindana Toys 1970 w/ Box

Price: 44.95 USD

Time Left: 20 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes and 40 seconds

RARE HTF SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW 16" PLUSH  DOLL SANFORD & SON

RARE HTF SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW 16" PLUSH DOLL SANFORD & SON

Price: 75.61 USD

Time Left: 27 days, 12 hours, 30 minutes and 9 seconds

AMAZING! NEW! Dr. J. Super Pro Shindana basketball figure Julius Erving NBA ABA

AMAZING! NEW! Dr. J. Super Pro Shindana basketball figure Julius Erving NBA ABA

Price: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 18 hours, 16 minutes and 2 seconds

Shindana Toys 1972 Pair of African Boy & Girl Vinyl Dolls 13"

Shindana Toys 1972 Pair of African Boy & Girl Vinyl Dolls 13"

Price: 24.99 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 21 hours, 32 minutes and 27 seconds

Vintage Article~O.J. Simpson Doll(Buffalo Bills)Shindana Toys 70s NFL Football

Vintage Article~O.J. Simpson Doll(Buffalo Bills)Shindana Toys 70s NFL Football

Price: 6.99 USD

Time Left: 8 days, 14 hours, 37 minutes and 55 seconds

Vintage Shindana O.J. Simpson Action Figure Football Jersey Shirt

Vintage Shindana O.J. Simpson Action Figure Football Jersey Shirt

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Time Left: 2 days, 16 hours, 25 minutes and 46 seconds

RARE!!!!!  Wanda Career Doll by Shindana Toys 1972 African American Doll Barbie

RARE!!!!! Wanda Career Doll by Shindana Toys 1972 African American Doll Barbie

Price: 88.0 USD

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 NRFB SUPER RARE ! HTF 1976 DR. J. JULIUS IRVING SHINDANA BASKETBALL FIGURE

NRFB SUPER RARE ! HTF 1976 DR. J. JULIUS IRVING SHINDANA BASKETBALL FIGURE

Price: 149.99 USD

Time Left: 16 days, 15 hours, 36 minutes and 4 seconds

1960's MALAIKA  15' AFRO FASHION DOLL BY SHINDANA TOYS  MIB/ FACTORY SEALED

1960's MALAIKA 15' AFRO FASHION DOLL BY SHINDANA TOYS MIB/ FACTORY SEALED

Price: 115.0 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 9 hours, 25 minutes and 5 seconds

1970s Vintage Jimmy JJ Walker GOOD TIMES Plush Action Figure SHINDANA

1970s Vintage Jimmy JJ Walker GOOD TIMES Plush Action Figure SHINDANA

Price: 40.0 USD

Time Left: 22 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes and 43 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana OJ SIMPSON (Doll) Action Figure - Excellent

Vintage 1975 Shindana OJ SIMPSON (Doll) Action Figure - Excellent

Price: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 20 days, 2 hours and 8 minutes

FLIP WILSON GERALDINE TALKING PULL STRING DOLL 1970 SHINDANA TOYS WITH ORIGINAL

FLIP WILSON GERALDINE TALKING PULL STRING DOLL 1970 SHINDANA TOYS WITH ORIGINAL

Price: 39.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 14 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds

Vintage 1970 FLIP WILSON Geraldine "Honey" Doll Shindana Toys (Does Not Talk)

Vintage 1970 FLIP WILSON Geraldine "Honey" Doll Shindana Toys (Does Not Talk)

Price: 44.99 USD

Time Left: 9 days, 16 hours, 51 minutes and 39 seconds

1969 ADVERTISEMENT Topper Toys TV Doll Catch A Ball Black Shindana DeeBee Snowy

1969 ADVERTISEMENT Topper Toys TV Doll Catch A Ball Black Shindana DeeBee Snowy

Price: 12.99 USD

Time Left: 22 days, 12 hours, 33 minutes and 57 seconds

TRUE VTG 1970s TV GOOD TIMES 1975 JIMMY JJ WALKER EVENS SHINDANA DYNOMITE DOLL

TRUE VTG 1970s TV GOOD TIMES 1975 JIMMY JJ WALKER EVENS SHINDANA DYNOMITE DOLL

Price: 57.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 13 hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Price: 9.75 USD

Time Left: 17 days, 17 hours, 51 minutes and 24 seconds

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