Little Black Doll

Michael Ely
Submitted by Michael Ely September 1st, 2010
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Not sure if this is very politically correct and not sure what it is. Is it a Ubangi doll? My partner won this at a school carnival when he was a little kid back in the 1950’s (can you imagine?). The doll stands approx. four inches high and is made of a soft plastic with jointed limbs that can be moved up and down, and is wearing a grass skirt, beads around the neck and gold hoop earrings. It has squiggle eyes. On the top of the head, there is a swirl of hair that reminds me of a Cupie doll. Anyone know what this is?

One Response to “Little Black Doll”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    Not especially politically correct these days but nowhere near as bad as these things can get. This is a golliwog. Most of this type of black figurines were made in England in the 50’s and were made of celluloid, the soft plastic you describe. This was a very popular image back then.