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July 16, 2005

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Edward

I was going to ask about golliwogs - I had associated them with Rupert Bear, but after a quick check it seems it was in Noddy that they were presented as criminals. Apparently they've re-drawn the pictures with goblins for more recent editions. What an enlightened world we live in.

MC

I have no idea what you are talking aobut.

Edward

Really!? Golliwogs were caricatures of blacks (I think they were actually dolls), and Noddy (a character in a popular childrens books by Enid Blyton - Noddy has a big blue hat with a bell on top, and his friend is 'Big Ears'), used to have trouble with these particular golliwogs, who were always causing trouble - stealing things/robbing people - that sort of thing. This was pretty obvious racism, so in more recent additions the golliwogs have been replaced by other characters (e.g. goblins). I only mention them because this sambo book sounds really tame compared to the Noddy books of old - but of course they don't get printed in the old format anymore.

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