Friday, 2 March 2012
Little could Florence Kate Upton have known the controversy that her character, Gollowogg, would cause years later after he first appeared in her children's story "The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls And A Golliwogg" in 1895. At that time there were no negative connotations associated with the golliwog. Golly has appeared in several popular forms over the years, namely in Enid Blyton's stories, where he was mostly naughty and wasn't portrayed in a positive light. British readers will be familiar with the Robertson's jam golly who appeared as the brand's mascot on every jar of jam or marmalade. Recent years has seen a decline in the golliwog and he has been removed from jam labels and has been re-created in story books, racism being cited for the reason.
So, imagine my amazement when I was in the city and saw a shop window full of golliwogs. It wasn't just one window either! Bold and brazen, smiling out at the passing public. Obviously political correctness hasn't reached this shop. I wonder what you think about them? (For the record, I don't feel offended by them or see them as racist)!