Gollies, originally termed Golliwogs, understandably became controversial toys and are still frowned upon today by some as being non-politically correct, unacceptable caricatures.
Indeed, the name wog is still used today as an offensive term given to someone of coloured skin. There are still many black people today who have strong associations between these types of doll and the bigoted treatment they endured simply as a result of the colour of their skin.
1920s. Patterns for them were published in popular magazines.
Collecting Golly ephemera has become a passionate pastime for Golly enthusiasts. The traditional Golly had a blue coat with tails, red or red and white striped trousers, a white waistcoat, red bow-tie, fluffy hair and a generous red and white smile.