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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VINTAGE 1975 SHINDANA TOYS JIMMIE JJ WALKER DYNOMITE DOLL GOOD TIMES  SIGNED 18"

VINTAGE 1975 SHINDANA TOYS JIMMIE JJ WALKER DYNOMITE DOLL GOOD TIMES SIGNED 18"

Price: 99.0 USD

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Vintage 1970 FLIP WILSON Geraldine "Honey" Doll Shindana Toys SEE DETAILS

Vintage 1970 FLIP WILSON Geraldine "Honey" Doll Shindana Toys SEE DETAILS

Price: 32.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 10 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds

1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby Doll

1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby Doll

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 9 hours, 41 minutes and 14 seconds

1975 OJ SIMPSON 10" shindana FOOTBALL doll -- BROWN SHOULDER PADS

1975 OJ SIMPSON 10" shindana FOOTBALL doll -- BROWN SHOULDER PADS

Price: 19.76 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 7 hours, 41 minutes and 27 seconds

Vintage 1970 Talking Flip Wilson/Geraldine Doll- Clean W/Box Shindana TOYS

Vintage 1970 Talking Flip Wilson/Geraldine Doll- Clean W/Box Shindana TOYS

Price: 24.95 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 13 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds

Dr. J. Super Pro Action Figure Doll Julius (Dr. J.) Erving Shindana  1976  NRFB

Dr. J. Super Pro Action Figure Doll Julius (Dr. J.) Erving Shindana 1976 NRFB

Price: 200.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds

L@@K AT THIS 12" SHINDANA TOYS 1976 DOLL,ALL ORIG. VINYL DOLL C ME

L@@K AT THIS 12" SHINDANA TOYS 1976 DOLL,ALL ORIG. VINYL DOLL C ME

Price: 5.5 USD

Time Left: 23 days, 2 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Price: 5.0 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 6 hours, 28 minutes and 56 seconds

L@@K AT THIS 12" SHINDANA TOYS &ONE 13" TONKA 1985 BOTH NICE OLDIES

L@@K AT THIS 12" SHINDANA TOYS &ONE 13" TONKA 1985 BOTH NICE OLDIES

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Time Left: 22 days, 6 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds

SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW PLUSH DOLL SANFORD & SON (NO SOUND)

SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX NIB NEW PLUSH DOLL SANFORD & SON (NO SOUND)

Price: 74.99 USD

Time Left: 18 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes and 39 seconds

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

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

Price: 24.95 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes and 2 seconds

1975 Press Photo Lou Smith President Shindana Toy Co. with Dolls - cva43741

1975 Press Photo Lou Smith President Shindana Toy Co. with Dolls - cva43741

Price: 30.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 16 hours, 5 minutes and 21 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: 106.16 USD

Time Left: 20 days, 2 hours, 53 minutes and 35 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: 12 days, 16 hours, 31 minutes and 26 seconds

Vintage Shindana Toys 1968 Black African Girl Doll-Boot Strap Inc.-Eyes Close

Vintage Shindana Toys 1968 Black African Girl Doll-Boot Strap Inc.-Eyes Close

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 15 hours, 34 minutes and 31 seconds

RARE Vintage Shindana Dr J Super Pro Julius Erving Action Figure COMPLETE Sealed

RARE Vintage Shindana Dr J Super Pro Julius Erving Action Figure COMPLETE Sealed

Price: 155.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 3 hours, 33 minutes and 31 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: 18.0 USD

Time Left: 21 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 32 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: 5 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes and 35 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: 16 days, 5 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds

Rare Vintage Shindana O.J. Simpson Super Pro 26 Piece Set Action Figure

Rare Vintage Shindana O.J. Simpson Super Pro 26 Piece Set Action Figure

Price: 149.99 USD

Time Left: 24 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes and 32 seconds

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