Photograph of a troll doll wearing a green shirt, over a blue background. Its hair is coming out of the top of the button.
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In the late 1950s, the struggling Danish sculptor Thomas Dam struck gold with the invention of his signature troll. The oddly adorable dolls became an international sensation, becoming one of the top-selling toys of the 1960s. They remain a staple of pop culture, as seen in recent films like 2016's Trolls.
Hair was an integral part of Dam's original design. The toys were initially marketed as "Good Luck Trolls," and rubbing their colorful hair was purported to release their luck. This button allowed the wearer to carry the likeness and luckiness of the troll everywhere they went.
Delgado, M. (2020, April 9). The colorful history of the troll doll. Smithsonian.com. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/colorful-history-troll-doll-180974634/
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