Tuesday, 13 October 2009

THE TOMMY SMALL DOLL - 1983

Not sure how many other cities had a newspaper street vendor as a cult figure, but Tommy Small certainly left his mark on the Dundee art community. He's been painted, sculpted, sketched and here, turned into a doll. It was made by Hilary Elder from Broughty Ferry and was displayed in a craft exhibition in the Marryat Hall in 1983. Tommy was then presented with the model after the show.

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  1. where is he now or wheres the doll

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  2. I have just been researching Mr Small.

    Tommy Small was a vendor in the city for many years (decades, in fact) from around the 1950s/60s, his distinctive call-to-arms "Tully Gar Aff" was well known throughout Dundee and beyond.
    I have no idea as to the whereabouts of the doll ...
    I was informed by a Mr Barry Sullivan of DC Thomson that Sadly ..
    Tommy died in May 1994, which probably wasn’t too long after his retirement.

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