Today is Miss Bri's Birthday !!! She is now the very proud owner of her very first Vintage Raggedy Ann.
We have been reading the delightful stories of Raggedy Ann written in 1918. Miss Bri is quite fascinated by Raggedy Ann's sweet little adventures
Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a blue and white clad rag doll with red yarn for hair. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her old friend and playmate, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.
Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphan Annie." He said, "Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?"
Now Bri is ready to make her very own adventures with her new beloved Raggedy. Happy birthday sweet Abriana !!!
And to close.... This is my Husband's beloved " Baggy Anny " When he was a wee little guy, he could not say Raggedy Andy...so that became his name to this very day.