Cloth Golliwog Doll

This is a home made Golliwog, not a commercial product, but one made at home. To help you out on this, here is what wikipedia has to say about the Golliwog: "The "Golliwogg" (later "Golliwog", "golly doll") was a character in children's books in the late 19th century and depicted as a type of rag doll. It was reproduced, both by commercial and hobby toy-makers as a children's toy called the "golliwog", and had great popularity in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, into the 1960s. The doll has black skin, eyes rimmed in white, clown lips, and frizzy hair, and it has been described as "the least known of the major anti-Black caricatures in the United States".[1] While home-made golliwogs were sometimes female, the golliwog was generally male. For this reason, in the period following World War II, the golliwog was seen, along with the teddy bear, as a suitable soft toy for a young boy.

The image of the doll has become the subject of heated debate. One aspect of the debate in its favour argues that it should be preserved and passed on as a cherished cultural artifact and childhood tradition. At the same time, many argue that the golliwog is a destructive instance of racism against people of African descent, along with pickaninnies, minstrels, mammy figures, and other caricatures"

To my mind, Golliwogs are an important cultural artifact, not so much as a cherished childhood tradition, but as an example of views and attitudes about race and how they change. I see this doll as a fine example of early 20th C folk Art and would date him as anywhere from 1920 - 1950. A fine, homemade example. Very few issues as seen. Love the shoes.

perhaps for a child whose parents could not afford . , very cute! English cloth character. All original, very good condition. Circa 1925-30. Measures 11" tall.

Item ID: AC4

$125 USD

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