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. Template:Which? 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. According to a doll box from 1975, the company's address and phone number were "6107 So. Central Ave, Los Angeles, Calif 90001 213-231-9387. " 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. 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. The popular Talking Tamu (Swahili for "sweet") doll was designed to say the following phrases: 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. more »

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Vintage Flip Wilson Geraldine Talking Doll in Box Shindana Toys Comedy Comedian

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SHINDANA Vintage O.J. SIMPSON SUPER PRO THE JUICE 9.5" Doll No. 9000 w/GEAR 1975

SHINDANA Vintage O.J. SIMPSON SUPER PRO THE JUICE 9.5" Doll No. 9000 w/GEAR 1975

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1970 Flip Wilson Doll with Original Box from Shindana Toys

1970 Flip Wilson Doll with Original Box from Shindana Toys

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Vintage 1970 Talking Flip Wilson Geraldine "Honey" Doll--Shindana Toys

Vintage 1970 Talking Flip Wilson Geraldine "Honey" Doll--Shindana Toys

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1972 Black Baby Doll Shindana Toys Div Oper Bootstrap, Inc. Jointed Sh & Thighs

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1975 SHINDANA 15" DYNOMITE doll -- MIB -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

1975 SHINDANA 15" DYNOMITE doll -- MIB -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

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2 Vintage 15" Flip Wilson/ Geraldine Dolls. MUTE w/ Box. Shindana Toys

2 Vintage 15" Flip Wilson/ Geraldine Dolls. MUTE w/ Box. Shindana Toys

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Baby Nancy africian american doll - Vintage Shindana Toys - sealed in box RARE

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1976 JULIUS ERVING 10" shindana BASKETBALL figure -- DOCTOR J -- BOX ONLY

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Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

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1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE   SHINDANA

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE SHINDANA

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Flip Wilson Geraldine Talking Doll Shindana Toys 1970

Flip Wilson Geraldine Talking Doll Shindana Toys 1970

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1975 SHINDANA toys 22" Jimmy JJ Walker Pull String Doll-Cleaned & Talking

1975 SHINDANA toys 22" Jimmy JJ Walker Pull String Doll-Cleaned & Talking

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Vintage 1978 Shindana Toys Plastic & Vinyl Molded Hair Sleep Eyes 16" Black Doll

Vintage 1978 Shindana Toys Plastic & Vinyl Molded Hair Sleep Eyes 16" Black Doll

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Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

Vintage 1976 Hispanic Doll by Shindana Toys Beautiful 12" Doll

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LI'L Souls 1971 Shindana Toys "Wilky" doll. Original Box

LI'L Souls 1971 Shindana Toys "Wilky" doll. Original Box

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Vintage O.J. Simpson Super Pro Fully Jointed Action Figure - Shindana Toys #9000

Vintage O.J. Simpson Super Pro Fully Jointed Action Figure - Shindana Toys #9000

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LI'L Souls 1971 Shindana Toys "Wilky" doll. Original Box

LI'L Souls 1971 Shindana Toys "Wilky" doll. Original Box

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