This hairy little toy - a Gonk-like figure of a protesting beatnik - is a DAWK. A bizarre creation that actually used to make an appearance on Lloyd Thaxton's hugely popular 1960's music programme in the United States. DAWK was marketed by a major toy manufacturer, the Transogram Company of New York.
I've never seen a real DAWK, or even heard of one, until spotting this full-colour advert on the back page of a Comic book called 'FALLING in LOVE' #81 published by DC, dated February 1966.
I wonder how many of these marvelous objects were sold at the time? How many can still be found standing in silent protest half a century on?
|DAWK iT UP!|
|Moptop,dark glasses, and kit of inter-changeable signs of protest that fit in the sign held in its hand:|
DOWN WITH NEAT, UP WITH BEAT / LIVE ALONE AND LOOK IT! / DOWN WITH THE ZIP CODE / ALL DAWKS ARE DAWKS
|He stands in silent protest - in GREEN|
|Original Real Cool Loser|