Black Doll collecting

Black Doll collecting — Little Brown Koko

Little Brown Toto by Handicraft Dolls

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Tags black cloth dolls circa 1940s, Little Brown Koko, Toto and Bum

Circa 1940s cloth doll, Toto, made on the style of Little Brown Koko

The cloth doll shown above was found on eBay in August of this year.  He is fashioned after the 1940s character, Little Brown Koko, from the children's book of the same name.  The book was first published in 1940 by Blanche Seale Hunt.  

For Toto's entry into my Excel doll inventory spreadsheet, I used the seller’s description,...

Moments in Black Doll History - Early Cloth Dolls

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Tags caricatures, Early black cloth dolls, Little Brown Koko, mammy

1870s Black Cloth Couple

Black cloth dolls are among the first original one-of-a-kind dolls.  This is particularly true of those crafted in the homes of the young and old, usually handsewn with love, using recycled fabrics and other textiles. 

The above pair of dolls was given to me in 2005 by Elizabeth S. Darrah, having been made by her great grandmother, Frances "Fanny" Skinner Henry, who was...