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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Shindana Toys 13" Baby Jane  1973 Black Operation Boot Strap Rare

Shindana Toys 13" Baby Jane 1973 Black Operation Boot Strap Rare

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 14 hours, 35 minutes and 12 seconds

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: 20.0 USD

Time Left: 28 days, 18 hours, 33 minutes and 50 seconds

Rare 1971 Captain Soul Adventure Game, Shindana Toys, Black Super Hero

Rare 1971 Captain Soul Adventure Game, Shindana Toys, Black Super Hero

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 19 hours, 3 minutes and 48 seconds

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

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

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 14 days, 17 hours, 39 minutes and 27 seconds

1971 AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY MYSTERY GAME VOL. II SHINDANA TOYS COMPLETE

1971 AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY MYSTERY GAME VOL. II SHINDANA TOYS COMPLETE

Price: 19.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 17 hours, 26 minutes and 16 seconds

Very Rare 1972 WANDA CAREER GIRL Shindana Toys 9" Doll Complete Mint In Box

Very Rare 1972 WANDA CAREER GIRL Shindana Toys 9" Doll Complete Mint In Box

Price: 99.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes and 36 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: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 16 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds

1968 Vtg Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap African American 13" Baby Girl Doll

1968 Vtg Shindana Toys Operation Bootstrap African American 13" Baby Girl Doll

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 15 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds

Vintage 1973 Shindana Toys Pull String Talker Rodney Rippy Cloth Doll

Vintage 1973 Shindana Toys Pull String Talker Rodney Rippy Cloth Doll

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 22 hours, 42 minutes and 17 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 15 days, 15 hours, 4 minutes and 56 seconds

13" Black Doll With Pig Tails By Shindana Toys 1968

13" Black Doll With Pig Tails By Shindana Toys 1968

Price: 21.99 USD

Time Left: 16 hours, 52 minutes and 55 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: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 14 days, 8 hours, 45 minutes and 32 seconds

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

13" Black Baby Doll By Shindana Toys 1972

Price: 21.99 USD

Time Left: 16 hours, 52 minutes and 55 seconds

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

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

Price: 5.5 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 10 hours, 14 minutes and 36 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: 10.49 USD

Time Left: 11 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes and 43 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: 8.54 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 14 hours, 33 minutes and 42 seconds

1975 GOOD TIMES 15" DYN*O*MITE stuffed shindana doll -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

1975 GOOD TIMES 15" DYN*O*MITE stuffed shindana doll -- Jimmy JJ WALKER

Price: 94.95 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 9 hours, 23 minutes and 40 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana OJ SIMPSON (Doll) Action Figure - Excellent

Vintage 1975 Shindana OJ SIMPSON (Doll) Action Figure - Excellent

Price: 125.0 USD

Time Left: 29 days, 41 minutes and 18 seconds

1976 SANFORD & SON 16" black SHINDANA doll -- MIB -- REDD FOXX

1976 SANFORD & SON 16" black SHINDANA doll -- MIB -- REDD FOXX

Price: 224.95 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 9 hours, 23 minutes and 40 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: 1 day, 19 hours, 45 minutes and 19 seconds

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