Collectible Black Americana GOLLIWOG PAPER-LITHOGRAPH WOODEN PULL TOY
An interesting piece of BLACK AMERICANA, a PAPER-LITHOGRAPH WOODEN DIE-CUT PULL TOY depicting a caricatured young boy riding a horse or mule.
The young boy caricature is similar to a GOLLIWOG, GOLLY or GOLLIWOGG, which became popular in the late 19th century based on a fictional character in the Florence Kate Upton book, The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls. Golliwog toys were very popular in both the United States and Britain and were characterized with black skin, large red lips which were sometimes outlined in white, and big eyes trimmed in white.
The Golliwog moves up and down as if to bounce in the saddle and the legs of the horse move back and forth. A colorful paper-lithograph of a Golliwog boy wearing patched denim dungarees, a red shirt and red/white ball cap decorates the die-cut body. A paper lithograph also decorates the horse.
Both the legs of the horse and wheels are wood, painted yellow and red, respectively.
The pull-toy is approximately 9 ¼” tall by 8 ½” long and is in good condition for a paper-lithograph toy of this age. The paper-lithograph is partially missing in places on both sides so please review the photos carefully. However, this is a very nice piece of Black Americana and would be a wonderful addition to a toy or Black Americana collection.
There are no markings on the piece, but based on the design, it would be early to mid 20th (twentieth) century.
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About Black Americana
Black Americana, sometimes called Black Memorabilia refers to collectible objects and ephemera that has an African American theme. Although the theme and design of these items will often contain racist imagery can be very offensive, this is not always the case. Some black memorabilia have positive themes and reflect important events and people, such as the civil rights movement, musicians, scholars and/or members of the black community who have made a difference in our world.
In either case, it is important to remember that these items represent a very important historical record--a snapshot in time that should provide us an understanding of how black Americans were unfairly seen and treated for so many decades. While some believe that the preservation of Black Americana will only prolong racist prejudices, others collect so that history of Black America will not be forgotten by future generations. The founder of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan said about these items: “Use items of intolerance to teach tolerance.”
For more information and to better understand Black Americana, visit https://www.collectorsweekly.com/advertising/black-memorabilia.
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