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Granny Jamaica Patty Brixton, her husband and younger grandchildren.

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Granny Jamaica Patty Brixton, her husband and younger grandchildren.
For Rosemary.
Posted by Trumble's Mum on March 17, 2018 Slideshow

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Trumble's Mum
1:56 AM on March 19, 2018 
I was told they were not realistic enough and could be construed as 'golly like' and therefore insulting. The 'white' ones were actually far less realistic as they were not the usual skin tone but bright pink with orange hair that was standing on end, but nothing was said about the lack or realism there!
The black parents were far more upset by the dolls being removed and that a white woman was assuming the rolegaurdian of what they should find acceptable, as though they were too ignorant to think for themselves - a real insult was felt there.
lallyp
8:00 PM on March 18, 2018 
How can black dolls in Brixton be banned? Ridiculous!
Jan
4:21 PM on March 18, 2018 
The Grecon features are quite magical how they come to life in different situations, well as you say they appear to...Lol
Zoe H
3:18 PM on March 18, 2018 
Galt also sold plastic-headed Dol-Toi dolls under its brand and reading your comment about the deliberately bland features of the Halfpennies, I can see why they did not embrace Grecons within their range too!

Oddly though, reading that Galt believed the bland features meant that the children could imagine a range of emotions, and then reading Rosemary?s comment about the bland featured 1970s Grecons not having gotten up to much (photo 11 of her Grecon paintings) made me think about the features and for me, the features give the personality and then the imagination follows that path. That said, Grecons are unique in that their featureso have been observed to change depending on what they are up to - more evidence of why they are, certainly to many of us, such special dolls! LOL
Edel
3:01 PM on March 18, 2018 
I think they're gorgeous and officialdom was totally idiotic. You found a very kind and imaginative solution with your photos and stories for the children about the dolls in their new home with you.
Rosemary
12:26 PM on March 18, 2018 
Thinking of the Gault dolls' health and safety were they? I don't think so, so you did a great rescue there, Jenni.
Jan
12:08 PM on March 18, 2018 
Ah they must have missed them.
Zoe H
9:07 AM on March 18, 2018 
Well how bizarre! It all sounds topsy turvy to me and I am glad I was not the only one who thought so.

It is lovely that you rescued them and were able to allay the fears of your school children!
Trumble's Mum
8:30 AM on March 18, 2018 
Hi Zoe!
I actually bought them with school money, when I was setting up a new nursery class in Brixton. Everything came from the Galt Education catalogue and was specifically for schools. I'm pretty sure they were made by the same company as Halfpenny Pockets, but they came in Galt For Schools packaging.

That was back in 1976.I got the 'white' ones with very bright pink faces and the black/brown ones. All had the same stitched faces with deliberately bland features, so the children could play with them as happy, sad etc. as they chose and my little 4 yr old class adored them all. They named them the Brixtons and the Stockwells.

Then came the (white) PC inspector who demanded they were thrown out as they were 'offensive' to the local black community. The whole thing got into the local paper when parents came in to play with them as a protest over a white inspector deciding what they should find insulting.

But the inspector's ruling was upheld by the education authority and I had to rescue them, with a bit of collusion from the caretaker and take them home because the children were so upset about what would happen to them. I used to take snaps of them in the strange 'furniture' the kids made out of cardboard boxes, so they could see the family was still 'breathing.' They then became my daughter's dolls' house dolls.
Zoe H
7:24 AM on March 18, 2018 
But these are Halfpenny Pocket Dolls, not Grecons, or do we not mention that? Lol

They are a lovely family group and I cannot imagine why it would not be PC to play with them in schools; surely it is only realistic to have dolls representing different ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society.
Trumble's Mum
5:17 AM on March 18, 2018 
Sorry, Rosemary, I've done it again. I corrected an error on my reply, but it then does a repeat these days- the original with error and the new one are both there - went to delete my original and accidentally clcked the wrong delete button and disposed of your message instead. Did it to Edel last week, too. Sorry.
Trumble's Mum
4:43 AM on March 18, 2018 
Rosemary says...
Interestingly the felt on the green jerkin and the brown coat seems to be the slightly thicker one. My Mrs Wings had a coat in this stuff and she eventually discarded it for something more lightweight - before that I had not realised that there were different thicknesses as I usually use whatever scraps that I find in my box. Grecons are always dressed in the lighter weight.

I find felt very frustrating to buy felt now. It is made in several weights but it is rare to have that mentioned in on-line sales, so you don't know what it will be like until it arrives. There is nowhere to buy it round here and I need Grecon weight as seen earl ladies were gifted to me wearing replacement dresses in a heavy felt that is too thick for them.


These little people were made and sold specifically for classroom use and it may be that their clothing was deliberately made simple and chunky to withstand constant handling. They were not used in school for long because of the PC thing, but my own children played with them for years. The underlying wire base seems very sturdy and they have stood up to thousands of postings.

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