The golliwog was a character illustrated by British/American author and artist Florence Upton (1873-1922) in a children's book published in 1895. As drawn by Upton, he is a friendly character derived from the tradition of the blackface minstrel with black face, bright red lips and woolly hair and he wore a red bow tie on a white collar, a blue jacket and black trousers.
Her books were extremely popular in England and this carried through to Europe and the United States.
Upton did not trademark the character and others adopted it, including toy and doll manufacturers, jam manufacturers James Robertson & Sons, and Enid Blyton in some of her books, where he is portrayed as an evil character.
In 1928 James Robertson & Sons introduced paper labels on their jams and marmalades which could be exchanged for enamel badges featuring a golliwog, and this became one of the longest running collecting schemes in the United Kingdom. The promotion continued until 2002 and in the approximately 80 years it was in operation, it is estimated that 20 million badges were distributed. more...The word golliwog was adopted in popular usage as a slang descriptor for a black person, but by the early 1980s this was considered inappropriate so the use of the golliwog both as an marketing tool and as a doll, and its prominence has declined since that time.
No doubt the political incorrectness of the character is one of the reasons why very few golliwog dolls are offered in the auction rooms.
Three unboxed TV-Themed Corgi models, including 801 Noddy's car with Noddy Big ears and grey faced Golly; Corgi 804 Noddy's car with Noddy Only, no Dickey-seat or rear Bumper, windscreen missing; and Corgi D2031 Fozzie bear's car (G-VG) (3)
Corgi 801 Noddy's car yellow and red with Noddy, Big ears and Golly figures, in yellow and blue illustrated window box, one end repaired (E box F); and Corgi 804 Noddy's car, yellow and red, red seats, plastic figure of Noddy, spare wheel to boot, no dicke
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