Monday, February 1, 2010

Winky Dolls, part deux

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.

(Photo: Ntama)

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  1. wow wat een geweldige popkes zeg! tjeeez!

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  6. I just saw this. The racism stuff is nonsense; I am brown and live in the far East, and I had a doll like this when I was a child, and I adored it. It's original name is Dakkochan, or Dakko-Chan, and the origin is Japanese. For more, try this: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,939182,00.html

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  7. At anonymous; I removed the post you referred to, it was spam. These comments look real but they were a link to a Viagra website.

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