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Artie Golly

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Artie the Golly is a Golly by Kate Finn - he's ever so bright and ever so cheeky! Artie is very dapper in tartan trousers and red tails. His crisp white shirt has black applique buttons. Clothing is removable. We offer Same Day Perth Delivery so why not place your order now!

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There are a number of historical theories about how these iconic collectable were created. Florence Kate Upton published Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwog in 1893, basing the character on a rag doll found in her aunt’s attic. Gollies certainly became famous in the 20th century when the English author, Enid Blyton, included them as characters in her madly popular series of Noddy stories. During the first and second world wars, the only extra fabric available for many mothers in England was the blackout curtain material, which worked perfectly for gollies. Of course, today golliwog dolls and their clothes are made from much finer things!

One historical explanation for the origins of these figures comes from the American Civil War era. After the abolition of slavery, many talented African Americans created their own minstrel shows and began traveling the countryside. These shows were inclusive of young and old, developing a strong sense of musical and cross-cultural appreciation. Due to the popularity of these performers, many children wanted dolls that looked like their favourite performers. Through this, the gollies were born.

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