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Stamps - 'Toy Post', Golliwog, Duck, Pelican & Bear, 1950s Document Reg. No: HT 31617

Summary:
Toy post stamps, used by Bill Boyd as a child in the mid 1950s. He remembers pasting similar stamps onto letters. The four rows of stamps each feature an icon: a 'golliwog', duck, pelican and bear. Each is anthropomorphized in the shape of a cheerful postman carrying letters.

The William Boyd Childhood Collection includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd, who was born in 1947 and raised in the Victorian town of Maryborough. Kept by Lillian Boyd (Bill's mother) all her life, and preserved by Bill after her death.
Description:
Set of 12 stamps, still joined, six red and six blue. The four rows of stamps each feature an icon: a 'golliwog', duck, pelican and bear. Each is anthropomorphized in the shape of a cheerful postman carrying letters. Yellowing glue on back of stamps.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Boyd, 2012
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 83 mm (Height), 50 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: racism, education training, cultural stereotypes, philately, making history - william boyd childhood
Themes this item is part of: William Boyd Childhood Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Games
Tertiary Classification: general knowledge
Inscriptions: On each stamp: 'TOY POST'.
User: Mr William Boyd, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 1950s

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