The first ever Golliwog (or Golliwogg) books are the
books of verse written by Bertha Upton and illustrated by
her daughter Florence. The mother and daughter worked
together on thirteen illustrated books, all featuring the
gallant little character and his adventures travelling to
such exotic destinations as Africa and the North Pole,
accompanied by his friends, the Dutch Dolls:
Enid Blyton, one of the most prolific European
writers, included the Golliwogs in many stories,
but she only wrote three books primarily about
Golliwogs: "The Three Golliwogs"
(1944), "The Proud Golliwog" (1951),
and "The Golliwog Grumbled"
(1953). In the early 1980s, revised editions of
Enid Blyton's Noddy books replaced Mr Golly, the
Golliwog proprietor of the Toytown garage, with Mr
To dispel the many theories about the origin of the
Golliwogg and his name, as well as learning about the life
of the young woman who created this lovable character, one
only need to read the book "A
Lark Ascends: Florence Kate Upton, Artist and
Illustrator". This fascinating history, which was
thoroughly researched by the author, Norma S. Davis and
published by The Scarecrow Press, is an absolute must for
the fan of the Golliwogg.
Another useful reference work is "Collecting
Golliwoggs - Teddy Bear's Best Friends" by Dee
Hockenberry and published by Schiffer Publications Ltd. in
2003. As is "Buy
Golly!" by well known actor and singer Clinton
Derricks, who has been been collecting golliwogs and black
memorabilia for over twenty years.
While many Golliwog books are no longer available as new,
a good source of rare, vintage and second-hand Golliwog
books is the Internet auction site eBay.
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