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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1975 Shindana Toys Jimmy JJ Walker Dyn-O-Mite Goodtimes TV Box

1975 Shindana Toys Jimmy JJ Walker Dyn-O-Mite Goodtimes TV Box

Price: 69.99 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 14 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds

Jimmy Walker JJ Good Times Dynomite 1975 16" Doll Shindana Toys Vintage

Jimmy Walker JJ Good Times Dynomite 1975 16" Doll Shindana Toys Vintage

Price: 34.95 USD

Time Left: 24 days, 14 hours, 13 minutes and 21 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: 17 hours, 9 minutes and 41 seconds

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 19 days, 4 hours, 58 minutes and 7 seconds

Vintage18" Black African Doll Shindana toys Baby Doll Kesha 1977 NIB #7047

Vintage18" Black African Doll Shindana toys Baby Doll Kesha 1977 NIB #7047

Price: 34.0 USD

Time Left: 18 hours, 20 minutes and 31 seconds

Rare Vintage Shindana Toys Black Paper Doll 1970s Whitman Baby Nancy #4786

Rare Vintage Shindana Toys Black Paper Doll 1970s Whitman Baby Nancy #4786

Price: 7.99 USD

Time Left: 16 days, 10 hours, 52 minutes and 42 seconds

1975 O.J. SIMPSON 9 1/2 in. POSABLE ACTION FIGURE BY SHINDANA TOYS HONG KONG

1975 O.J. SIMPSON 9 1/2 in. POSABLE ACTION FIGURE BY SHINDANA TOYS HONG KONG

Price: 21.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 21 hours, 33 minutes and 48 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: 29 days, 16 hours, 26 minutes and 1 second

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Vintage Shindana Toys Baby Nancy / Operation Bootstrap

Price: 16.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 8 hours, 46 minutes and 7 seconds

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee Baby Black Plush & Vinyl Doll by Shindana Toys 16" Tall

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee Baby Black Plush & Vinyl Doll by Shindana Toys 16" Tall

Price: 22.0 USD

Time Left: 9 days, 18 hours, 30 minutes and 58 seconds

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

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

Price: 5.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 11 hours, 8 minutes and 53 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 14 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes and 37 seconds

 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: 2 days, 15 hours, 21 minutes and 22 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: 26 days, 9 hours, 29 minutes and 24 seconds

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

1970's Flip Wilson & Geraldine Talking Doll, Shindana Toys

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 17 hours, 21 minutes and 36 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: 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 30 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: 5 days, 11 hours, 59 minutes and 17 seconds

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

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

Price: 17.96 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes and 30 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: 12 days, 11 hours, 38 minutes and 6 seconds

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

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

Price: 16.16 USD

Time Left: 5 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes and 30 seconds

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