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RARE USZone Germany Golliwogg Clown Mechanical Tin Toy

RARE USZone Germany Golliwogg Clown Mechanical Tin Toy

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1950: Item # 442134

Please refer to our stock # BA552 when inquiring.
Measuring just 3" x 3", this very rarely found tin mechanical toy features the beloved Golliwog character!

Marked "Made in Germany US Zone" on Golly's pant leg, this toy is in wonderful, barely-used condition with just the tiniest degree of scratching wherever metal rubs metal during toy movement. To operate the toy, one simply squeezes the metal lever on the back, which causes the clown to hit poor Golly on the head with a mallet!

An EXTREMELY RARE toy as a VERY LIMITED number were made only during the US occupation of post World War II Germany!

A brief history of the Golliwog doll: The Golliwog is based on a Black minstrel doll that the Victorian era illustrator, Florence Kate Upton, born in 1873, had played with as a small child in New York. Upton's Golliwog character was first introduced to the world in her 1895 book entitled The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls. Like the rag doll that inspired it, the Golliwog in her book was an ugly creature with very dark, jet black skin, large white-rimmed eyes, red clown lips, and wild, frizzy hair. Golliwogs are typically male and are generally dressed in a jacket, trousers, bow tie, and stand-up collar in a combination of red, white, blue, black, and occasionally yellow colors.