The Trolls of Summer

Our thanks to graphic designer Angela Poccia for the latest Chase entrance panel, showing a classic troll doll kicking back, taking a dip, floating through summer.

This refreshing cultural allusion dates to 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam hand-carved a troll doll for his daughter. When other children in their village saw the doll, they wanted one, too. The dolls were mass-produced and became popular in Europe during the early 1960s, and then in the USA. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named troll dolls as one of the 100 most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century. A film based on the troll dolls is being produced by DreamWorks Animation for a 2016 release, and it is said that the film will present the origin of the trolls' colorful hair.