Friday, September 07, 2007

Raggedy Ann Day

Today's Spotlight:

What came first, the doll or the book?

In the case of Raggedy Ann, it was the doll by about three years. Illustrator and writer Johnny Gruelle rescued an old, dusty rag doll from the attic to give to his young daughter. Since it had no face, Gruelle painted one. They decided to name the doll Raggedy Ann, combining the names of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley, "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphan Annie."

On this date in 1915, Gruelle received a patent on the rag doll and in 1918 the first in a series of Raggedy Ann books was published. Raggedy Andy came along two years later.

"Above the darkest clouds the sun is bright and warm and the gleaming of the rainbow will follow every storm."Raggedy Ann, from Raggedy Ann Stories, by Johnny Gruelle

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