Thursday, 7 May 2015

It's DAWK



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
SAVE GERMS

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