If I remember correctly, my first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls had bright red or orange yarn hair which stood out from their heads. They had blue outfits with red and white striped legs. I took them everywhere, dragging them by their arms. They gave me quite a bit of joy as a child. I'm pretty sure if a similar one crosses my path in the future, it would be very hard to not buy it!
However, I tend to drool more over the vintage books about the droopy dolls then the acutal dolls themselves. Johhny Gruelle first published his Raggedy Ann book in 1918. Gruelle was a cartoonist, illustrator and author. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the creation of Raggedy Ann. The basic story line is his daughter found an old ragdoll which he transformed into Raggedy Ann. A couple of years later he introduced Raggedy Andy into the story line.
Whatever Raggedy Ann and Andy book you choose to read, it will definately bring joy and spark your imagination!! Let me know what your favorite Raggedy Ann book is!
I personally enjoy the charm of a well read book, often wondering what someone was thinking when they wrote in the book or turned a corner down. Every little imperfection has a story of its own. However, some of those imperfections may make the book look dirty and feel filthy. There are a few easy basic ways to clean your old books to enhance the beauty of them.
Woody Woodpecker was my favorite cartoon as a child. I loved and still do his iconic laugh. It's one of those things when you hear a woodpecker or someone mentions a woodpecker, you just have to do the laugh!
Woody was created in 1940 by Walter Lantz. His first television appearance was in the Knock Knock short film. I enjoy watching this film every now and then as you can always count on a good laugh from it!
Woody really evolved over the years, now he isn't really "screwball" looking!
Nathaniel Hathorne was born on July 4th in 1804 in Salem Massachusetts. One of Nathaniel's ancestors was known as one of the harsher judges in the Salem Witch Trials. Because of this, Nathaniel later added a "W" to his last name.
Hawthorne's love of reading and writing was developed at a young age. He apparently suffered from a leg injury which left him immobile for some time. He buried himself in books. With some help from his family, he attended Bowdoin College. During college, he befriended Franklin Pierce and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. After college, he returned home and self published several stories.
After a move out of Salem, he became quite successful. He became friends Herman Melville, who later dedicated Moby Dick to him. Hawthorne also wrote The House of Seven Gables and Tanglewood Tales and The Scarlet Letter.