Friday, September 5, 2008

Hello Mr Gollywog !

Came across another interesting toy at the China Square Flea Market. That of a jolly skiing Golly, a collector 's item tin toy designed in Singapore by the toys museum. According to the little booklet attached, they secured the rights to make tin toys of Noddy, Big Ears and Golly, characters created by Enid Blyton. Golly even came with its own beautiful tin box and a serial number.

Since I was a kid, I loved the character Golliwog as he has such a beautiful and interesting face.
It was only later that Golliwog was perceived to be derogatory for blacks and even recently, the Queen was red faced when one of the shops associated with her estate was found selling the Golliwog. They were soon withdrawn from the shop.

In my opinion, too many political undertones for such a beautiful character that stands out from the masses of other toys.

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