The five images above are some items my friend and I saw when we visited some antique stores in downtown Sherman, Texas today. I was browsing around, looking for gift for a friend, when both of our eyes fell on the same thing: the first image. The caption under the black caricature reads "Once I was a wish and I grew in a hen Now I am a little slave Made to wipe your pen".
After seeing this, we looked around, and only needed to look a foot away, for we saw more of these caricatures. These things are called golliwogs, and are the result of the anti-Blackness of a white children's author (Florence Kate Upton).
Being a non-Black, multiracial family in the South, my family has always been exposed to such memorabilia in Texan stores and shops. We routinely encounter Nazi and Confederate flags for sale, among other racist media and items. This is a common element in [antique] stores in the southern United States.
Anti-Blackness is not something of the past: it is a living, ever-present form of White Supremacy. Those dolls do not symbolize something of a forgotten age, as so many white and non-Black buyers would like to think, but a manifestation of perpetual systemic oppression.
I want to go back to that first doll. Remember the caption? "Once I was a wish and I grew in a hen Now I am a little slave Made to wipe your pen"; the font is Comic Sans on Microsoft Word: released in 1995. I compared my own typings of the exact words in Comic Sans with the caption, and it matches up perfectly. This means that the antique store employees wrote that caption on a computer and printed it sometime between the late 90s and today. It was a contemporary anti-Black choice, as is selling the dolls in the first place.