Best of the Best -- RARE!
I have never seen Sara Lee with a more lovely color complexion and cheek color.
Includes her Ideal Toy HANG TAG~
This is the HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER and RARELY FOUND 1952 Ideal 17" SARALEE Sara Lee African American doll in just the nicest MINT and ALL ORIGINAL condition. Designed by Saralee Creech for Ideal.
She is dressed in her original Ideal Co. outfit right down to her shoes. Her dress and matching bonnet outfit are complete with slip and matching pantaloons.
This baby girl is immaculately clean and has PERFECT molded hair curls with NO RUBS, as well as a vibrant face with NO rubs and VERY HIGH COLOR -- still has the 'matte' finish to the vinyl that comes only with an 'unplayed with' doll -- and the most perfectly lovely deep rose blush cheeks. All factory original with no touch-ups or restorations.
Just a dream for one seeking this SUPER RARE doll. She was manufactured with the young, negro (common nomenclature of the 1950s) girl in mind -- it was time a doll was designed to look 'anthropologically correct'.
Saralee was historic in the fact that she was one of the first to be sculpted with African-American features. Designed by Sheila Burlingam it was hailed as a true ethnic doll rather than simply a white doll painted back. Not surprisingly it earned the endorsement in 1951 of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Bunche, and NAACP president Walter White. Advertisements from Ideal proclaimed during the early 1950s that Saralee's "fine facial features are true to life." They were sculpted "with the help of colored educators, designed for youngsters who have always wanted to own a truly beautiful colored baby doll..." In 1951, when the Saralee "colored" or "Negro" doll hit the market, this historical doll, created by Sara Lee Creech, would be the first play doll of its kind. It was designed specifically to be a "quality doll" with true-to-life Black features. Unfortunately, as the article I will send on states, this doll was a financial failure for Ideal and her production was stopped after a single year -- making her a prize for collectors today. Her 'story' is fascinating and a wonderful piece of both Black and doll history today.
Saralee's clothing is in MINT condition. The organdy is a pure white with contrasting blue embroidered ribbon accents, and French Val lace trim. She wears a matching wide-brimmed sun-style bonnet. Her original oilcloth shoes tie securely around her little feet. The silk socks with the blue stripe are 'new old-store-stock' that I chose to model her with, but I will include her original white ones with your purchase; nothing wrong with them at all... I just liked these to complement the blue embroidered trim on her dress.
Her body is immaculately clean, and there is a working crier in her body (semi-functional "half cry"). She has a softly stuffed vinyl head, arms, and legs... just beautiful.
A replica of this famous doll has been issued more recently, but you can now have the original. Don't miss out on this fabulous doll and opportunity to add her to your collection today.
Will make a DREAM gift for someone!