DOLL IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Amosandra by Sun Rubber, circa 1949
late 1920s popular radio show, Amos ‘n’ Andy, featuring white actors
playing the Black characters, Amos ‘n’ Andy, became a TV show in 1951
with a cast of African American characters.
The televised show “lasted some two years before the program was
canceled in the midst of growing protest by the Black community in 1953.
It was the first television series with an all-Black cast (the only one of
its kind to appear on prime-time, network television for nearly another
Gosden and Charles Correll headed the radio cast of characters, while
Alvin Childress and Spencer
Williams, Jr. played the TV roles of Amos Jones and Andrew Hogg Brown,
“Sun Rubber's chief executive, the late T.W. Smith,” is said to have been “such a purist that he went to Harlem to work with a Black photographer so he could get the features and skin coloring just right.”
is a 9-inch, rubber doll, designed by Ruth E. Newton, who is well-known
for her children’s books illustrations.
Licensed by the Columbia Broadcasting Company,
Amosandra could be purchased boxed alone or in a gift set that
included several accessories and a birth certificate.
little one is still quite popular and surfaces from time to time on online auction sites.
Due to the rubber material from which Amosandra was made, and
based on how well the doll has been stored throughout the years, the
condition of the rubber will vary. In
some cases, the rubber has dried and cracked.
In other cases, the doll may be well preserved.
you are interested in adding an Amosandra doll to your collection, check
out online auction sites, but be certain to ask questions regarding the
condition of the rubber.
Amosandra Toy Fair Ad, circa 1940s
Another Amosandra doll ad with insert of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll in "black face."
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