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|The Golly was the creation of a young British author, Florence Kate Upton, who introduced it along with wooden dolls as the characters in early children's stories.|
She named Golliwogg after the old English word Polliwog (tadpole!) and it was the inspiration for her first book "The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg" in 1895.
Florence donated her original dolls and drawings (now in the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green) to a Red Cross auction in 1917. Sold as a lot, they funded the purchase of an ambulance, christened ‘Golliwogg’, which went to the front and served in France.
Florence despaired, ‘I am frightened when I read the fearsome etymology some deep, dark minds can see in his name'. when the word came to be used as a degrading term for anyone who wasn’t white-skinned. Today, however, the golly is going through a revival as a fond childhood memory.
BEARS ON THE SQUARE have the largest selection of these loveable dolls that you will find anywhere.
The range covers the simplest rag dolls to ceramics and limited editions.
MARGARET GOLLY BY CAROLE PENN