#1 Wanda Career Girl by Shindana Toys ©1972
She's ebony in color, made of soft, pose-able vinyl, has rooted hair and eyelashes, and resembles Mattel's vintage Christie. She's Shindana's first fashion doll, Wanda Career Girl and stands a diminutive 9 inches.
The original Wanda Career Girl, stock #2050 is described in the 1973 Shindana Cataglogue as, "Shindana's all new career girl. Her shag hairdo gives her that 'in look' for work 'n play. She is 9" tall with a twist waist, movable arms and legs, and real rooted hair 'n lashes. Wanda is dressed in a basic green tunic with matching shoes." Like a few other Shindana dolls, a white version of the original Wanda Career Girl was also made, stock #2150.
In addition to the #1 Wanda Career Girl, I own the others illustrated in the 1975 Shindana Catalogue. Their images are included below:
Wanda Career Girl Singer/Performer and Tennis Pro
Wanda Career Girl Skydiver/Race Car Driver
Wanda Career Girl Nurse
Wanda Career Girl Stewardess
Wanda Career Girl Ballerina
Shindana's attempt to educate children and inspire career goals and aspirations through the dolls, toys, and games they manufactured was certainly successful with Wanda Career Girl. Wanda plays an important role in doll history, too. She is the first multi-career-oriented fashion doll mass produced by a black-owned company in America.
BDHT = Black Doll History Tidbit
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