"The Golliwogg's Bicycle Club" was the title of
Florence Upton's second children's book, which was published in 1896.
The story starts with the Golliwogg and his five Dutch
doll friends sitting around, feeling rather bored. Then "With sudden flash a
brilliant thought Disturbs the Goliwogg-", as he then declares "Oh loveliest
girls in all the world, E'den beyond mortal praise - Listen to me And you will
see I've got the Cycle craze!"
First edition (1896) of "The Golliwogg's Bicycle Club" by Florence
The Golliwogg then proceeds to make some "clever plans" for
a bicycle and other vehicles, made of wood, so that the six friends can travel
the world. On page 8, he tells the girls "cycle clubs are all the rage; And I
am sure that we Some happy times In foreign climes Can pass right merrily."
The friends travel together to Paris, Japan, Turkey and
Africa. Alas... the Golliwogg's bicycle and Sarah Jane's tricycle reach a
sticky end when they collide, but they all hitch a ride on a camel, and after
befriending some cannibal tribesmen, they make their way safely back home to
"Doll-land" - by row boat.
The famous Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov
recalled reading the scene when they are attacked by the tribe of cannibals by
saying, Over the shoulder of my past I admire again the crucial picture:
the Golliwogg, still on his knees by the pool but no longer drinking; his hair
stands on end and the normal black of his face has changed to a weird ashen