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It was only fitting that Ormes would bring her characters to the toy shelves. She was approached by the Terri Doll Company to develop a black baby doll based on her Patty Jo character. The Patty Jo doll was the first black doll to have a full upscale wardrobe. Just like her cartoon, the doll represented a real child and was unlike most black dolls at the time, which were mammy-type or generic baby dolls.

Jackie Ormes’ big finale was seen in her reinvention of Torchy called “Torchy in Heartbeats” for the courier. The last episode was in 1954, when Torchy and her doctor boyfriend presented opinions on racism and environmental pollution in America.

Little Known Black History Fact: Jackie Ormes  was originally published on

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