For collectors of Black Americana, the Golliwog is an iconic black character. The golliwog, golliwogg or golly is a black fictional character created by Florence Kate Upton that first appeared in children's books in the late 19th century, usually 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 it was very popular in Europe and Australia into the 1970s. After that, the image of the Golly became the subject of controversy because of the rising awareness of ethnic stereotypes and derogatory images of blacks.
Now, whether seen as a cherished cultural icon of the past or an example of a negative stereotype, Golliwogs are still very collectible just like other ethnic caricatures (mammy, minstrel, Sambo, etc.). Collectors see these pieces as a part of history...never to be forgotten.
This Golliwog figure / wall plaque is made of plaster that's hand-painted in traditional Golly colors.
He measures 7 by 12 inches. The back has a reinforced recess for hanging on a nail. Golly is a hefty piece at about 2 pounds. (Domestic shipping is free.) A few minor paint nicks at edges but overall, this adorable Golliwog is in excellent vintage condition. Circa 1960.
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