Australia’s attachment to golliwogs

When I was growing up, I had a golliwog doll.  The golliwog was one of the characters in the Noddy books I loved. But times change, and the idea of a blackface doll in minstrel clothing appalled many, and you don’t see golliwogs anymore. Except in Australia. where they love them. In Australia, golliwogs are associated with “nana” – the local word for “granny”. They have entire websites devoted to them. This is the display in an exclusive toy shop in one of Melbourne’s chichi shopping districts:

Golliwogs closeup

This wasn’t the only one. Probably not something you’d see in Joburg or Cape Town.


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