Nostalgic Items- Things Worth Saving
August 6, 2017 10:22am CST
Have you ever thought about the things in our society no longer popular or around anymore? Thanks to an old 1989 Life magazine I found in my basement, I've discovered many things in our culture that have become obsolete or near extinct. Due to advancements in technology we have replaced and pushed aside many of these nostalgic items of our past. So, today's nostalgic item is dolls. Specifically, the Original Raggedy Ann doll pattened and handmade by the inventor, Johnny Gruelle, in 1915. The name Raggedy Ann originated from Mr. Gruelle combining two names featured in popular poems. "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphan Annie" were the inspiration to call the doll "Raggedy Ann." Eventually, by 1920 P. F. Vollard Co. took over production of these dolls with Gruelle's permission. In 2002 Raggedy Ann took on Iconic status when the U.S. Postal service gave her a stamp (pictured in photo). In 2015 the doll celebrated her 100th Anniversary. Imagine giving your children the Original Raggedy Ann doll today. It would never happen because with our hazard-testing today, it would never be allowed on the market due to safety issues. The original used shoe buttons for eyes dangerous because toddlers might chew, swallow, and choke on them. Of course, there are Raggedy Ann's today for sale made from different materials, but alas, the original has been shelved. Do you know of any other dolls which have suffered the same fate? Source Summary- Wikipedia and Life Magazine Photo- U.S. Postal Service
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7 Aug 17
@LadyDuck Agree, know what your kids are doing and make sure when they play with toys their safe, but let kids be kids! Pandering and protection only can lead lack of independent thought as adults. In some ways society overreacts and overcorrects many things, although their intentions are well-meaning.
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6 Aug 17
I never thought about the danger of those button eyes on the old versions of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls being dangerous, which they definitely were. I suppose that way back in the day those dolls that had bisque heads, bisque is ceramic, could break and shatter, making them a danger. My great-grandmother had one and gave it to my mother, but it is nowhere to be fond..
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6 Aug 17
This reminds me of our recent vacation trip. We had gone into a pizza place where there were vintage signs everywhere - one was of an old Raggedy Ann and Andy graphic - the kids thought it was rather creepy and asked who/what they were! Besides the material/safety factor, I think kids today sadly don't care much for those classic designs we all know and grew up with. I think of those sock monkeys. I actually see them sold everywhere but I'm not so sure these retro monkeys are actually that popular.