In 1895 Florence Upton and her mother Bertha produced
the book entitled
"The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg".
Florence provided the illustrations and Bertha wrote the verses.
The story opens in a toy store on Christmas Eve. As
midnight strikes, the toys come to life and begin to frolic.
"The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg" by Florence
Among them are several Dutch dolls, also called
penny-woodens, which have jointed limbs so that they can be
arranged in various poses for sketching (often used by artists as models, the
sexless dolls can be gendered and clothed as one wishes.) The two larger dolls,
Peg and Sarah Jane, immediately set about making
themselves outfits out of an (illegally) ripped up American flag. Peg uses
the motherly stripes and Sarah Jane the pretty stars. The other,
smaller doll characters, the twins, Meg and Weg, remain unclothed, as does the
As the toys prepare to dance, they hear a sound:
They all look round, as well they may to see a
The blackest gnome
Stands there alone
They scatter in
"With kindly smile he nearer draws;
Begs them to feel
'What is your name?' Cries Sarah Jane;
'The "Golliwogg" my
Their fears allayed - each takes an arm,
up and down they walk;
With sidelong glance Each tries her chance,
charms him with 'small talk'.
Far from being a menace, the Golliwogg invites Sarah Jane to
dance, sparing her the embarrassment of being left a wallflower. In another
scene a rude jack-in-the-box springs up and frightens the lovely
The dolls eventually leave the shop and engage in a snowball
fight by a frozen pond.
The Golliwogg falls through the ponds ice and is
rescued by the Dutch dolls who carry him back to the toy shop. At dawn the toys
all resume their appointed places in the shop and all ends well.
Read the book
online at Project Gutenberg