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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1969 Shindana Toys Muhammad Ali SGC 96 MINT 9

1969 Shindana Toys Muhammad Ali SGC 96 MINT 9

Price: 475.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 19 hours, 44 minutes and 16 seconds

 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: 69.99 USD

Time Left: 12 days, 16 hours, 55 minutes and 48 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: 7 days, 5 hours, 21 minutes and 59 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: 40.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 4 hours, 16 minutes and 40 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: 3 days, 2 hours, 4 minutes and 44 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: 4 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes and 30 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: 89.99 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes and 13 seconds

VINTAGE DOLL BABY NANCY SHINDANA TOYS 1968 BLACK AMERICANA 13" CUTIE TOY VINTAGE

VINTAGE DOLL BABY NANCY SHINDANA TOYS 1968 BLACK AMERICANA 13" CUTIE TOY VINTAGE

Price: 9.49 USD

Time Left: 13 hours, 45 minutes and 6 seconds

Dynomite Doll Jimmie JJ Walker 1975 Shindana Toys Vintage Good Times TV Show

Dynomite Doll Jimmie JJ Walker 1975 Shindana Toys Vintage Good Times TV Show

Price: 85.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 3 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds

2 dolls,  SHINDANA TOYS 13" & 14" DOLLS IN PRETTY DRESSES

2 dolls, SHINDANA TOYS 13" & 14" DOLLS IN PRETTY DRESSES

Price: 5.5 USD

Time Left: 18 hours, 8 minutes and 42 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 32.0 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 3 hours, 50 minutes and 29 seconds

LOT OF 3 VINTAGE KIM JEANS 'N THINGS SHINDANA FASHION DOLL TOY CLOTHES 1978

LOT OF 3 VINTAGE KIM JEANS 'N THINGS SHINDANA FASHION DOLL TOY CLOTHES 1978

Price: 7.95 USD

Time Left: 23 hours, 53 minutes and 30 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: 11.99 USD

Time Left: 10 days, 15 hours, 27 minutes and 30 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: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 3 hours, 15 minutes and 35 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: 13 days, 21 hours, 36 minutes and 6 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: 1 day, 23 hours, 20 minutes and 54 seconds

1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby

1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 28 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 50.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 1 hour, 6 minutes and 6 seconds

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana Pro Set TENNIS RACKET Original Loose Parts

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana Pro Set TENNIS RACKET Original Loose Parts

Price: 6.03 USD

Time Left: 27 days, 19 hours, 27 minutes and 24 seconds

VINTAGE 1975 JJ WALKER EVENS SHINDANA DYNOMITE GOOD TIMES TV SHOW PLUSH DOLL

VINTAGE 1975 JJ WALKER EVENS SHINDANA DYNOMITE GOOD TIMES TV SHOW PLUSH DOLL

Price: 75.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 3 hours, 36 minutes and 42 seconds

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