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Topsy-Turvy Doll

Object Number: 
1961.30
Date: 
1855-1880
Medium: 
Textile, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 1/8 x 9 1/2 x 2 in. ( 46 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Cloth topsy-turvy doll; one side African-American female figure, opposite side European-American female figure; both faces painted; red printed dress and white dress with blue floral print.
Gallery Label: 
The figures represented by this topsy-turvy doll come from Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published in 1852. Topsy is a slave girl and Little Eva is from a white slave-owning family.
Bibliography: 
Weinstein, Amy A. “Children’s toys.” The Magazine Antiques, Vol. 167, no.1, January 2005, p.188-193.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group