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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1971 AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY MYSTERY GAME VOL. II SHINDANA TOYS COMPLETE

1971 AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY MYSTERY GAME VOL. II SHINDANA TOYS COMPLETE

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 12 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds

Rare Wanda 9" Career Doll by Shindana Toys( 1972) African American Doll

Rare Wanda 9" Career Doll by Shindana Toys( 1972) African American Doll

Price: 84.99 USD

Time Left: 9 days, 3 hours, 55 minutes and 54 seconds

Vintage 1973 Shindana Toys Pull String Talker Rodney Rippy Cloth Doll

Vintage 1973 Shindana Toys Pull String Talker Rodney Rippy Cloth Doll

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 17 hours, 49 minutes and 39 seconds

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes and 49 seconds

VINTAGE SHINDANA TOYS BLACK INDIAN CLOTH RAG DOLL 1970~AFRICAN AMERICAN

VINTAGE SHINDANA TOYS BLACK INDIAN CLOTH RAG DOLL 1970~AFRICAN AMERICAN

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 9 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds

 Wanda 9" DOLL Shindana Toys  African American Doll TENNIS CLOTHES BAG RACQUET

Wanda 9" DOLL Shindana Toys African American Doll TENNIS CLOTHES BAG RACQUET

Price: 19.5 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 8 hours, 42 minutes and 37 seconds

VINTAGE 1970 LI'L SOULS SHINDANA TOYS OPERATION BOOTSTRAP INC CLOTH DOLL PLUSH

VINTAGE 1970 LI'L SOULS SHINDANA TOYS OPERATION BOOTSTRAP INC CLOTH DOLL PLUSH

Price: 10.49 USD

Time Left: 8 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes and 5 seconds

1975 GOOD TIMES 15" DYN*O*MITE stuffed shindana doll -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

1975 GOOD TIMES 15" DYN*O*MITE stuffed shindana doll -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

Price: 94.95 USD

Time Left: 4 hours, 31 minutes and 2 seconds

Rare Vintage Shindana Toys Black Paper Doll 1970s Whitman Baby Nancy #4786

Rare Vintage Shindana Toys Black Paper Doll 1970s Whitman Baby Nancy #4786

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 13 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes and 48 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: 4 hours, 31 minutes and 2 seconds

SET OF 2 1960's MALAIKA  15' AFRO FASHION DOLL BY SHINDANA TOYS  MIB

SET OF 2 1960's MALAIKA 15' AFRO FASHION DOLL BY SHINDANA TOYS MIB

Price: 49.0 USD

Time Left: 10 hours, 12 minutes and 29 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 12 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes and 18 seconds

Talking REDD FOXX Doll - Sanford and Son - New in Box - 1977 Shindana

Talking REDD FOXX Doll - Sanford and Son - New in Box - 1977 Shindana

Price: 65.0 USD

Time Left: 14 hours, 41 minutes and 10 seconds

Vintage OJ Simpson Doll Shindana Toys Football 1975 SHOES/HELMET/SHOULDER PADS

Vintage OJ Simpson Doll Shindana Toys Football 1975 SHOES/HELMET/SHOULDER PADS

Price: 20.0 USD

Time Left: 25 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes and 12 seconds

Very Rare 1972 WANDA CAREER GIRL Shindana Toys 9" Doll Complete Mint In Box

Very Rare 1972 WANDA CAREER GIRL Shindana Toys 9" Doll Complete Mint In Box

Price: 99.99 USD

Time Left: 16 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds

1975 SUPER AGENT SLADE 10" shindana figure -- Richard Roundtree SHAFT -- BODY

1975 SUPER AGENT SLADE 10" shindana figure -- Richard Roundtree SHAFT -- BODY

Price: 69.95 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 4 hours, 12 minutes and 5 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 15 days, 15 hours, 55 minutes and 51 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: 30.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 6 hours, 56 minutes and 54 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: 8 days, 17 hours, 27 minutes and 59 seconds

1972 Vtg Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap African American 12" Baby Boy Doll

1972 Vtg Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap African American 12" Baby Boy Doll

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 11 hours, 1 minute and 15 seconds

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