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Sunday, 13 August 2006

A Picture Story

This post was inspired by my currently holidaying friend, Lotus Read's own blog entry called A Tribute To Enid Blyton...
As for me, my favourite caricature to this present day stays the Gollywog, with its congenial personality, flamboyant dressing and incredibly clever mind.

Reprinted from The Telegraph's Weekend Magazine, here is a rare clip featuring England's celebrated childrens' author of all time, the prolific Enid Blyton. One of the world's top bestselling authors of the last century, she wrote some 120 novels, more than 700 other books and an estimation of 10,000 stories. Here Blyton is photographed with her spaniel, Laddie, who is licking her daughter Imogen's face while her older daughter, Gillian points to something with which to arrest her mother's attention and gaiety.

Pictured above of the Christmas story is a rare children's classic, first written, illustrated and published by the mother-daughter team of Bertha & Florence Upton in 1907.
It was English children's book illustrator Florence Upton (pictured left)who created the Gollywogg doll and character as an imaginary companion to her toys. In 1895 at the age of 22, Florence illustrated her first book, written by her mother, Bertha.
Titled , The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls, it involved a Gollywogg. The word golly was meant to be an exclaimation of surprise.
The dutch dolls were Florence's own toys. A total of 22 incredibly popular children's books on the Gollywogg were written and illustrated by Florence and her mum. Later all through the 1940s and 1950s, Blyton would reinvent the universal popularity of the famous black doll.
Lots more on gollywogs provided by Sterling Times

Today, Upton's dolls including the Gollywogg, are housed at Chequers, the British Prime Minister's country residence.

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