Description: Vintage Ebony Jr. "Sunny" doll, circa 1970's. Manufactured + sold by Ebony Jr. Magazines/Johnson Publication. Very rare. Mint condition with very minor fading. Silkscreen. Doll is well-stuffed and measures 17” tall. Lightweight and flexible. See photos.
About: Ebony Jr!'s first issue was published in May 1973 by Johnson Publishing Company, the publishers of Ebony and Jet magazines. Described by Google Books as “the largest ever children-focused publication for African Americans,” Ebony Jr! was geared toward children ages 5 through 10. Single issues originally sold for 50 cents in 1973. By 1985, the last year of publication, single copies were $1. Sunny and Honey were a very popular brother + sister duo featured in the publication.
By December of the debut year, Ebony Jr!’s Sunny and Honey characters were available by mail order as 17-inch, stuffed-cloth dolls. The Honey doll holds her very own doll. Sunny’s yellow shirt proudly advertises his Ebony Jr! affiliation. Please see the images above for the original advertisement that appeared in the December 1973 issue of Ebony Jr!, the first time the dolls were advertised as for sale.
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