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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Shindana Doll Julius Erving 9 1/2 inch Action Figure 1976 No Clothes

Shindana Doll Julius Erving 9 1/2 inch Action Figure 1976 No Clothes

Price: 26.0 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys 15" Malaika Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys 15" Malaika Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 24.0 USD

Time Left: 7 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes and 44 seconds

MALAIKA 15" AFRO FASHION DOLL by SHINDANA TOYS 1960's

MALAIKA 15" AFRO FASHION DOLL by SHINDANA TOYS 1960's

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 19 hours, 43 minutes and 37 seconds

 SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX 16" STUFFED DOLL SANFORD & SON ~ VBOX NO WORK

SHINDANA 1977 TALKING REDD FOXX 16" STUFFED DOLL SANFORD & SON ~ VBOX NO WORK

Price: 99.99 USD

Time Left: 12 days, 22 hours, 21 minutes and 10 seconds

1975 9in shindana FOOTBALL figure OJ Simpson pro set African American doll

1975 9in shindana FOOTBALL figure OJ Simpson pro set African American doll

Price: 82.0 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds

Li'l Souls Black Americana Cloth Doll, Operation Bootstrap, Shindana Toys - 1970

Li'l Souls Black Americana Cloth Doll, Operation Bootstrap, Shindana Toys - 1970

Price: 8.99 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 12 hours, 55 minutes and 56 seconds

1969 Malaika Afro Fashion Black African American Doll Shindana Toys NIB

1969 Malaika Afro Fashion Black African American Doll Shindana Toys NIB

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes and 51 seconds

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE   SHINDANA

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE SHINDANA

Price: 140.0 USD

Time Left: 21 days, 13 hours, 28 minutes and 48 seconds

OJ Simpson 9 1/2" fully jointed Action Figure (Shindana Toys)

OJ Simpson 9 1/2" fully jointed Action Figure (Shindana Toys)

Price: 39.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes and 18 seconds

1972 Shindana Toys African American Vinyl Zuri Baby Doll 12"

1972 Shindana Toys African American Vinyl Zuri Baby Doll 12"

Price: 24.95 USD

Time Left: 18 days, 7 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys  Handmade Outfit

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys Handmade Outfit

Price: 12.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 22 hours, 40 minutes and 46 seconds

Adorable 1969 African American Black Doll Shindana Toys 12" Tall*CUTE

Adorable 1969 African American Black Doll Shindana Toys 12" Tall*CUTE

Price: 15.89 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes and 29 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: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 58 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: 49.97 USD

Time Left: 20 hours, 32 minutes and 20 seconds

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: 120.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 9 hours, 4 minutes and 12 seconds

Vintage SHINDANA TOYS Dreamy Bee Dee Black Doll Soft Plastic 1969 Used 14"

Vintage SHINDANA TOYS Dreamy Bee Dee Black Doll Soft Plastic 1969 Used 14"

Price: 39.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes and 30 seconds

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll  Shindana Toys NIB

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll Shindana Toys NIB

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds

Vintage Article~O.J. Simpson Doll(Buffalo Bills)Shindana Toys 70s NFL Football

Vintage Article~O.J. Simpson Doll(Buffalo Bills)Shindana Toys 70s NFL Football

Price: 6.99 USD

Time Left: 13 days, 13 hours, 17 minutes and 7 seconds

Rare Shindana 1977 Talking Redd Foxx 16” Doll

Rare Shindana 1977 Talking Redd Foxx 16” Doll

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 14 hours, 20 minutes and 46 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: 89.99 USD

Time Left: 7 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes and 32 seconds

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