|Complete Game of Authors - McLoughlin Brothers, NY (1887)|
|McLoughlin Brothers, NY (1890).|
|Scientific American, 26 April 1890.|
|Back of doll.|
|1893 World's Fair bank.|
|"Black Dandy" made in Germany (1895).|
This papier-mâché version from the same year makes it seem that this was a popular motif. Through modern eyes, I look at this and see horrifying racism.
|William Tell Iron Bank (1896)|
|1899 pull toy.|
The above may also be an example of the grossest style of Victorian plaything, taxidermy toys. In those days rocking horses used real horse hair, so I'm sure the above is not a vegan creation to say the least.
Just imagine being tucked into a nursery, surrounded by these playthings, and sweet dreams!
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