The Golliwog began life as a story book character created by Florence Kate Upton. Upton was born in 1873 in Flushing, New York, to English parents who had emigrated to the United States in 1870. She was the second of four children. When Upton was fourteen, her father died and, shortly thereafter, the family returned to England. For several years she honed her skills as an artist. Unable to afford art school, Upton illustrated her own children’s book in the hope of raising tuition money. Today they are, of course, seen as politically incorrect and have all but disappeared from libraries and bookshops etc. They do remain a firm favourite with collectors though, and early books in good condition continue to bring high prices. Florence Upton was an accomplished artist when she passed away in 1922 at the early age of 49 years.
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