Unfortunately I can't give any new information about the origin of the Winky Doll (see two former posts). I wrote to Cressi and searched the web but both without result. When I talk to colleagues or friends about this doll they all know or recognize it and in most cases even own one.
Finding photo's of the Winky Doll is not a problem, answers is. When and where was this character first made and for what purpose? Does it have a name? I'm still not sure if it's a he or a she I'm looking at? I was lead to trails of other toys that hail from a time when ethnic correctness wasn't an issue (like the Golliwog character for example). Perhaps the question about whether to look at Winky Dolls -and characters the like- as racism or as a cultural tradition stands in the way of finding answers.