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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 Zuri A Drink and Wet Doll Shindana Toys Vintage 1972

Zuri A Drink and Wet Doll Shindana Toys Vintage 1972

Price: 24.99 USD

Time Left: 5 hours, 27 minutes and 48 seconds

Vintage African American Wanda Doll 9" by Shindana Toys, 1972

Vintage African American Wanda Doll 9" by Shindana Toys, 1972

Price: 25.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 58 seconds

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

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

Price: 21.56 USD

Time Left: 9 hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds

9" African American Wanda Career Doll, by Shindana Toys, Operation Bootstrap Inc

9" African American Wanda Career Doll, by Shindana Toys, Operation Bootstrap Inc

Price: 25.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 16 hours, 43 minutes and 55 seconds

Redd Foxx Talking Plush Doll From 1976 Shindana Toys- Repaired to Talk!!

Redd Foxx Talking Plush Doll From 1976 Shindana Toys- Repaired to Talk!!

Price: 40.0 USD

Time Left: 22 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds

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

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

Price: 62.96 USD

Time Left: 11 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds

SCARCE Vintage Shindana Dr J Super Pro Julius Erving Set Action Figure Box 23 Pc

SCARCE Vintage Shindana Dr J Super Pro Julius Erving Set Action Figure Box 23 Pc

Price: 174.99 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 8 hours, 10 minutes and 16 seconds

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

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

Price: 179.96 USD

Time Left: 11 hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds

RARE Vintage Shindana OJ Simpson Super Pro 26 Piece Set Action Figure Box WOW!

RARE Vintage Shindana OJ Simpson Super Pro 26 Piece Set Action Figure Box WOW!

Price: 159.99 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 8 hours, 10 minutes and 17 seconds

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana 1 Shoe Original Loose Parts

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana 1 Shoe Original Loose Parts

Price: 3.99 USD

Time Left: 10 days, 6 hours, 34 minutes and 59 seconds

1976 DR JULIUS ERVING 10" shindana BASKETBALL figure MIB -- DOCTOR J

1976 DR JULIUS ERVING 10" shindana BASKETBALL figure MIB -- DOCTOR J

Price: 179.96 USD

Time Left: 11 hours, 13 minutes and 39 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: 124.89 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 1 hour, 20 minutes and 13 seconds

1975 SHINDANA 15" DYNOMITE doll with Box -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

1975 SHINDANA 15" DYNOMITE doll with Box -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

Price: 134.96 USD

Time Left: 11 hours, 13 minutes and 39 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: 12 days, 3 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Price: 5.85 USD

Time Left: 10 days, 16 hours, 9 minutes and 35 seconds

1976 Shindana JULIUS ERVING 10" figure -- Mint In Box -- DR J PRO SET

1976 Shindana JULIUS ERVING 10" figure -- Mint In Box -- DR J PRO SET

Price: 247.46 USD

Time Left: 11 hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 17 days, 12 hours, 55 minutes and 53 seconds

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana Pro Set TENNIS RACKET Original Loose Parts

OJ Simpson 1975 Shindana Pro Set TENNIS RACKET Original Loose Parts

Price: 7.54 USD

Time Left: 27 days, 3 hours, 33 minutes and 1 second

Vintage Shindana Vinyl & Cloth 15" Dreamy Dee Bee Doll, 1969

Vintage Shindana Vinyl & Cloth 15" Dreamy Dee Bee Doll, 1969

Price: 22.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 9 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds

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