Share your favorites on Show & Tell

1870's Topsy Turvy Doll

In Dolls > Show & Tell.
Dolls3529 of 39691920's Hopi Katsina Dollwood carved fertility goddess
Love it
Like it

SaniDollFaceSaniDollFace loves this.
miKKoChristmas11miKKoChristmas11 loves this.
vanskyock24vanskyock24 loves this.
BeauxPurdyBeauxPurdy loves this.
lisalisa loves this.
See 3 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 6 years ago


(350 items)

Shown is a very early topsy turvy doll, most likely from the 1870's, possibly earlier. These dolls came with two heads, and were dressed in long, full, skirts. These dolls were usually made of cotton material, and had a reversible skirt made of calico. A head, torso, and set of arms were constructed at each end of the doll. There were no legs.
These dolls originated before the Civil War, and were first made on southern plantations. The earliest ones feature a white doll on one side, and a black one on the other side. One theory for the black/ white dolls is that slave children were not allowed to play with black dolls, and kept the dolls dual identity a secret during public play.


  1. hotkitties, 6 years ago
  2. Mrj303 Mrj303, 6 years ago
    Very interesting. Thank you for including the history.

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.