An independent guide to golliwogs,
including golliwogg history, golly dolls, gollie
books, and gollywog collectables
Did you know that:
- The sixth movement of Claude
Debussy's Children's Corner is titled "Golliwogg's
- Golliwog was also World War II British naval slang
for a Gauloise cigarette, which had tobacco which was
nearly black in colour.
- The American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival
was known as "The
Golliwogs" and under this name they released a
number of singles on the Fantasy label before they rose
- In the early 1980s, revised editions of Enid Blyton's
Noddy books replaced Mr Golly, the Golliwog proprietor
of the Toytown garage, with Mr Sparks.
- Florence Upton was the first to create a black
children’s hero - The
Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg
predated Helen Bannerman’s 1898 "Little
Black Sambo" by three years, although the “Sambo”
figure itself goes back much further.
- The auction sale of many of Florence Upton's original
drawings, manuscripts and dolls bought and equipped an army
ambulance, called "Golliwog", for use in France
during the First Wolrd War.
Laurel (of "Laurel & Hardy" fame) played a
golliwog in a 1907 production of the pantomime "Sleeping
- In 1974 Agnetha
Faltskog, from Swedish supergroup ABBA, released a
single called "Golliwog
- In the 1920s and 30s, de Vigny of Paris made “Le
Golliwog” perfume, which was marketed internationally in
a Golliwog-shaped bottle using sealskin hair on the
- There is a hardcore punk band called Golliwog based in Slovenia,
who chose the name "so the people would ask us about it,
and we could explain the meaning, the purpose and in our
case - the anti-racist idea of the name Golliwog".