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

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

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes and 24 seconds

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 17 hours, 8 minutes and 34 seconds

15" KIM JEANS 'N THINGS WHITE DOLL & 2 FASHIONS Shindana Toys  '72 NRFB

15" KIM JEANS 'N THINGS WHITE DOLL & 2 FASHIONS Shindana Toys '72 NRFB

Price: 95.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 17 hours, 56 minutes and 55 seconds

1975 Shindana Slade Super Agent Action Figure

1975 Shindana Slade Super Agent Action Figure

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 6 hours, 39 minutes and 25 seconds
Part of a live auction event on Wednesday, Jan 28

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 6.99 USD

Time Left: 12 days, 18 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds

VINTAGE 1970 LI'L SOULS SHINDANA TOY OPERATION BOOTSTRAP CLOTH DOLL & BOOK PLUSH

VINTAGE 1970 LI'L SOULS SHINDANA TOY OPERATION BOOTSTRAP CLOTH DOLL & BOOK PLUSH

Price: 12.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 14 hours, 20 minutes and 42 seconds

Vintage16" Black African Doll Shindana toys Baby Doll  1977 NIB #7047

Vintage16" Black African Doll Shindana toys Baby Doll 1977 NIB #7047

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes and 8 seconds

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE   SHINDANA

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE SHINDANA

Price: 115.0 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 8 hours, 51 minutes and 59 seconds

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Price: 7.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes and 39 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: 275.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 16 hours, 3 minutes and 55 seconds

1975 JJ Walker Dynomite   Goodtimes By Shindana IN BOX

1975 JJ Walker Dynomite Goodtimes By Shindana IN BOX

Price: 130.0 USD

Time Left: 22 days, 4 hours, 31 minutes and 46 seconds

Vintage O.J. Simpson The Juice Super Pro action figure 1975 Shindana toys MIB

Vintage O.J. Simpson The Juice Super Pro action figure 1975 Shindana toys MIB

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 34 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: 16 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes and 13 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: 6.5 USD

Time Left: 12 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds

1969 MALAIKA Swahili A New AFRO Fashion Doll Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap

1969 MALAIKA Swahili A New AFRO Fashion Doll Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap

Price: 129.0 USD

Time Left: 25 days, 16 hours and 19 minutes

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: 39.97 USD

Time Left: 27 days, 7 hours, 9 minutes and 25 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: 7.69 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 5 hours, 53 minutes and 33 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: 7 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 40 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: 26 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 33 seconds

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, 6 hours, 44 minutes and 26 seconds

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