Raggedy Weekend

I'm digging out the Raggedy Ann dolls.  Our Raggedy Ann wall decor.  I'm cutting bunting from card stock and gluing Raggedy Ann and Andy images on the triangles.  I'm planning Raggedy Ann crafts.  I have a Raggedy Ann Pinterest board and a separate Raggedy Ann party Pinterest board.

I'm digging out the books.

The Raggedy Ann Stories and The Raggedy Andy Stories are bargain edition reprints purchased at Barnes & Noble years ago.  Through eBay, I lucked upon a little Weekly Reader hardcover from the 1980s called The Tunnel of Lost Toys (not by Johnny Gruelle, obviously) and some lovely, old-fashioned 1960s Bobbs-Merrill editions, a reprint of Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land and two actually published in 1961.  Alas, I lost my copy of Raggedy Ann and the Cookie Snatcher (a Little Golden Book) many moons ago, but I found my beloved Raggedy Ann: A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book. 

I do love the original Gruelle illustrations.  They are so detailed.

Raggedy Ann was a rag doll supposedly belonging to Gruelle's daughter, Marcella, who died tragically young.  You can read a bit more about it here.

Raggedy Ann had such a resurgence of popularity in the 1970s. I had my share of Raggedy items.

Such as this Bobbs-Merrill wall plaque.  And we had a hanging planter that may or may not be residing in my grandmother's basement now.  And of course the giant doll my Great-Aunt Bonnie made, which you shall see in birthday party pictures next week.

This book holds a beloved place of honor in my sunny childhood memories.  The illustrations (by June Goldsborough) may not be so magically detailed as the originals, but they do have that wonderful Golden Book charm.

This  is why Raggedy Ann and Andy had such a resurgence.   There was an onslaught of merchandise to tie in with this:  Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.  Alas, the movie flopped.  It isn't very good.  Nickelodeon used to air it a lot in the 1980s, which is the only way I knew about it.  The girls like it.

There were some Raggedy Ann cartoons made in the 1940s, too.  The Fleischers (Betty Boop, Popeye) made a two-reel special, "Raggedy Ann and Andy."  There were also two Famous Studios/Paramount Noveltoons, "Suddenly It's Spring" and "The Enchanted Square."

I still have a lot to do by Sunday afternoon.  And I have friends visiting from out of town, a Daisy Scout event tomorrow, and I think I'm catching Little Sis's cold.  Ack.  Please, everyone, have a merry weekend!  Read something awesome! P.S.  I finished The Flight of Gemma Hardy.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.  Especially to all you Jane Eyre fans out there.  

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  1. Oh I just LOVE all of this! We just finished Raggedy Ann and the Paper Dragon -- moving onto Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land -- I have about 10 of them but not the Witch one! Oh and I MUST go get that Gemma book, looks right up my alley. XO!

    1. I don't have too many, just the ones pictured. We haven't started reading them yet, though. The Flight of Gemma Hardy was wonderful. Really. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Do you watch Big Bang Theory? There was a great Raggedy Ann reference in the Halloween episode. :) What a fabulous collection you have! Enjoy all the birthday fun... I imagine its lasting all weekend?

    1. What a great post! Would you believe there are no Raggedy Ann books at my library? I think I must have had that Golden Book one when I was a kid - loved seeing those pics. I hope I can find one someday to buy! Robyn- I saw Big Bang too - Raggedy Ann and Raggedy C3PO- LOL!

    2. The hubby saw the episode - he told me about it. :o)

      Birthday celebrating will take place on and off this weekend. Little Sis is shy, so she isn't as big on attention. I do need to find time to bake, though! She wants a pumpkin spice cake, like the one my mother made for her first birthday party. Of course she doesn't remember it. It drives her crazy listening to the rest of us talk about her most delicious birthday cake.

  3. What a wonderful collection! I love the vintage illustrations--we have a few--a pop-up book is an special favorite of my oldest. Can't wait to see the birthday party pictures!


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