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Golliwog Trivia

Did you know that:

  • The sixth movement of Claude Debussy's Children's Corner is titled "Golliwogg's Cake-Walk".
  • 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 to prominence.
  • 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.
  • Stan Laurel (of "Laurel & Hardy" fame) played a golliwog in a 1907 production of the pantomime "Sleeping beauty".
  • 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 stopper.
  • 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".

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