Ormes, Jackie

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Ormes, Jackie Gender: F
Zelda Mavin Jackson
born on 1 August 1911 at 20:05 (= 8:05 PM )
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 40n26, 80w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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American artist and writer known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger panel.

Ormes contracted with the Terri Lee doll company in 1947 to produce a play doll based on her little girl cartoon character. The Patty-Jo doll was on the shelves in time for Christmas and was the first American black doll to have an extensive upscale wardrobe. As in the cartoon, the doll represented a real child, in contrast to the majority of dolls that were mammy and Topsy-type dolls. The dolls were popular with both black and white children. In December 1949, Ormes's contract with the Terri Lee company was not renewed, and production ended. Patty-Jo dolls are now highly sought collectors' items.

She married accountant Earl Ormes in 1931. The pair had one child, Jaqueline, who died of a brain tumor at the age of three. Ormes would remain married to Earl until his death in 1976.

Ormes was a passionate doll collector, with 150 antique and modern dolls in her collection. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chicago on 26 December 1985, aged 74. Ormes was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in 2014.

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  • Death of Father 1917
  • Relationship : Marriage 1931 (Earl Ormes)
  • Death by Disease 26 December 1985 (Cerebral hemorrhage, age 74)
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  • Work : Prize 2014 (National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate for "Zelda Jackson."


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, African-American)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Cerebral hemorrhage)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Daughter died of brain tumor at age three)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Collectibles (Dolls)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Dolls)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cerebral hemorrhage)
  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Association of Black Journalists)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First African-American woman cartoonist)