Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jolly Golly Dancing Illusion Toy

Evening all. This post is a little late, as we have been gallivanting around all day (school holidays here in NSW).

Today I thought that I would share with you my Jolly Golly Dancing Illusion Doll, made from card and jointed with little brass rings.

"You have been fascinated and mystified by this attractive doll. You also can mystify and fascinate your friends in exactly the same way providing you keep the Secret". The secret being to place a small thread or string across the bottom of a chair, preferably in a dark corner of the room, so that it is not noticed. Place the thread under each arm to support the doll. Turn on the Wireless or Gramophone (this should indicate the age of the toy) and tug the string to the tune to make him dance. After the performance let the audience inspect the doll, but not the thread, and let them be mystified by the sheer magic of the Dancing Golly!

The envelope reads, "The Golliwog That Comes To Life. Dances to Your Command, Causes Endless Fun", Reg Design No. 864033, Made in England. (I think it dates to around 1950's by the design number but it may be earlier).

Have a good night, don't let the bed bugs bite :)

p.s. are you guys having problems with your followers not showing? is driving me mad trying to get them to show again. Apparently others are having the same problem and the blogger team are looking into it.


Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Hey Tam....!

YES Lovey my Followers are nowhere to be seen....I'm sure Blogger will rectify the problem shortly.... :o) !!

I LOVE your Golliwog....Where on earth did you find him....??

Sleep tight....!

Tamarah :o)

Lyndel said...

oh I LOVE that toy! I used to love to collect GOLLY stuff, years ago, but sadly have sold most of my collection now. (can't keep everything)

Yes! followers have been appearing and disappearing today.

Unknown said...

What a fun toy, kids of all ages would love him!!!
Have a great day!
Chris :o)

*Maristella* said...

Hi Tamara...anche tu ami tantissimo le vecchie cose...che meraviglia! Intrigante questo soggetto!!
Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

vintageandart said...

Hi Tam and thanks for popping over, congrats on recieving the Creativ Blogger award you totally deserve it, especially for being so positive and embracing, you make blogland funnn!! (l'm sure Mr T DOES think you're funny) Thanks for offering the award to me that's just great and l'm honoured, not sure how to take it though, hope it's just copy and paste, l'm a techno retard you know. Love your golliwog too,and isn't he in fastastic and all.

Nelly said...

Love that golly so hard to find them these days

*Maristella* said...

Hi Tamara.
I thank you so much for the lovely award you gave me!!!!! ;o))
I already did post in my blog. You go see it!
Thanks again and a dear greeting, *Maristella*.
(with translator)

NessaKnits said...

Great toy! And then came Wii and Nintendo DS and nothing was ever a suprise to children anymore!

stuf & co said...

Hi Tamara,
Thanks for stopping by again,I love your golly he's a real find,you must be getting excited about your trip,I envy you all those vintage fairs etc they have over there.congrats on the award too.

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Everyone, thanks for visiting and the sweet comments.

In answer to Tamarah, I picked up the golly through the Collector Trader or Carter's antique mag around 1999?? It was advertised by a Antique shop I think in Queensland maybe for around $75??, that was way expensive for me back then.

Chris, I am so looking forward to our trip..can't wait..might need a ship to bring it all home..haha. My mum just wants to eat all the English lollies, even though you can buy them here...too funny.