Golliwog - Home Made, Black Nylon, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: SH 900716

Handmade golliwog from black nylon fabric. The original Golliwog was a character created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century, inspired by a blackface minstrel doll which she found in her aunt's attic. Depicted in Upton's book's as a type of rag doll, the Golliwog dolls were a popular children's toy in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, into the 1960s and were made both commercially and at home.
Golliwog made of black nylon fabric - two pieces cut out, sewn together and stuffed. Golliwog has hair of black wool, one eye made of two pieces of felt and one consisting of a black plastic button and a piece of felt-like material. The golliwog has two nostrils stitched in red cotton and a piece of red felt for a mouth. The pattern of fading on the body indicates that the doll was wearing overalls and possibly left out in the sun.
Acquisition Information:
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Width), 33.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: toys, children s play, racial identity, ethnic groups, racism, dolls, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Dolls
Tertiary Classification: cloth
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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