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 Toys Wanda 9" Career Doll African American Doll NRFB

Shindana Toys Wanda 9" Career Doll African American Doll NRFB

Price: 9.99 USD

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1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby

1972 Shindana Toys Bootstrap African American Baby

Price: 10.0 USD

Time Left: 24 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes and 41 seconds

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Vintage 1975 Shindana O. J. Simpson Action Figure

Price: 29.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes and 26 seconds

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

1969 Shindana Toys Black Doll NOT ORIGINAL CLOTHES

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 12 hours, 7 minutes and 57 seconds

Vintage Black Experience Game Offer Shindana Toys  Print Ad, 1974

Vintage Black Experience Game Offer Shindana Toys Print Ad, 1974

Price: 9.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds

Talking REDD FOXX Doll - Sanford and Son - New in Box - 1977 Shindana

Talking REDD FOXX Doll - Sanford and Son - New in Box - 1977 Shindana

Price: 75.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 6 hours, 43 minutes and 38 seconds

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll  Shindana Toys NIB

1969 Dreamy Dee Bee African American Black Doll Shindana Toys NIB

Price: 14.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes and 16 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: 79.99 USD

Time Left: 6 days, 19 hours, 45 minutes and 24 seconds

Rare Shindana 1977 Talking Redd Foxx 16” Doll

Rare Shindana 1977 Talking Redd Foxx 16” Doll

Price: 5.0 USD

Time Left: 2 days, 10 hours, 47 minutes and 50 seconds

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys  Handmade Outfit

Rare 1972 African American Doll From Shindana Toys Handmade Outfit

Price: 10.99 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes and 11 seconds

LOT OF 3 VINTAGE KIM JEANS 'N THINGS SHINDANA FASHION DOLL TOY CLOTHES 1978

LOT OF 3 VINTAGE KIM JEANS 'N THINGS SHINDANA FASHION DOLL TOY CLOTHES 1978

Price: 9.95 USD

Time Left: 3 days, 7 hours, 14 minutes and 39 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: 27 days, 16 hours, 19 minutes and 57 seconds

 Lot of 2 O.J. SIMPSON ACTION FIGURES "THE JUICE" 1975 SHINDANA Buffalo Bills OJ

Lot of 2 O.J. SIMPSON ACTION FIGURES "THE JUICE" 1975 SHINDANA Buffalo Bills OJ

Price: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 7 hours, 55 minutes and 4 seconds

1976 Redd Foxx 16" Talking Doll-Shindana - Repaired to Talk- Cleaned- Very Nice!

1976 Redd Foxx 16" Talking Doll-Shindana - Repaired to Talk- Cleaned- Very Nice!

Price: 49.99 USD

Time Left: 18 hours, 43 minutes and 34 seconds

1976 Redd Foxx 16" Plush Doll Shindana Toys

1976 Redd Foxx 16" Plush Doll Shindana Toys

Price: 39.99 USD

Time Left: 15 days, 13 hours, 38 minutes and 33 seconds

 Shindana Toys Vintage 1969 African American Black Baby DOLL 14" Blinking Eyes

Shindana Toys Vintage 1969 African American Black Baby DOLL 14" Blinking Eyes

Price: 4.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 18 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds

 Shindana Toys Vintage 1972 12" African American Black Drink & Wet Baby DOLL

Shindana Toys Vintage 1972 12" African American Black Drink & Wet Baby DOLL

Price: 4.99 USD

Time Left: 4 days, 18 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE   SHINDANA

1975 SLADE SUPER AGENT NUDE ACTION FIGURE SHINDANA

Price: 125.0 USD

Time Left: 15 days, 9 hours, 49 minutes and 16 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: 4 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 9 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: 125.0 USD

Time Left: 1 day, 13 hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds

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