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Subject: Re: History of black dolls

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Date Posted: 03:34:47 11/13/05 Sun
In reply to: Regina Ricci 's message, "History of black dolls" on 05:37:27 10/29/05 Sat

Topsy is a an approximately 10-year-old slave character in the 1850s (pre-US Civil War era) book, Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life of the Lowly by Harriett Beecher Stowe. Many doll manufacturers during that time and well into the 1960s made dolls and named them Topsy.

Debbie Garrett
Author of the Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls

>Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of Little Lord
>Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden, tells in her
>autobiography that in Manchester (UK) she owned a
>black gutta-percha doll, called Topsy, circa 1856-58.
>Can anybody tell how such a doll could have been
>produced in England at that time?

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