Nostalgic Items- Things Worth Saving

By DB
@dgobucks226 (11437)
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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@aninditasen (1552)
• Raurkela, India
6 Aug
The past is always nostalgic but bringing back the old things and practice is quite difficult. Our way of playing with dolls was quite different than today's girl child.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
Yes, I think your on to something about the different time periods.
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@Hate2Iron (7699)
• Canada
6 Aug
Not dolls per se... but I do have a really old magazine where a child... long forgotten coloured the fashions. Every time I thumb through that magazine, I wonder who she was.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
I do that with movies constantly. A where have I seen them before?
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@LadyDuck (151501)
• Switzerland
6 Aug
I think that many toys suffered that fate and when I see the ridiculous rules imposed now I wonder if we were so much smarter than actual kids.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
Is it the PC police or overprotection? I wonder like you do?
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@LadyDuck (151501)
• Switzerland
7 Aug
@dgobucks226 Surely there is a sort of overprotection, that is not at all good. Kids need to learn to take care of themselves. I wonder which kind of adults we are going to have in 20 years from now.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
7 Aug
@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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@Corbin5 (102612)
• United States
6 Aug
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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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
Those original Raggedy Ann dolls are worth up to $500 dollars today. Time to look again
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@Corbin5 (102612)
• United States
6 Aug
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@dollaboy (6232)
6 Aug
I think almost all dolls faced that fate except barbie doll
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
Progress and better materials for doll making. Yes, Barbie dolls remain popular...
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@dollaboy (6232)
7 Aug
@dgobucks226 have a happy day
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• Richfield, Utah
6 Aug
I had the baby skates and the cabbage patch dolls. Don't remember what happened to them though. I was more into X files merchandise and such, I know I'm such a geek, lol
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
You geeky you Those cabbage patch dolls started in 1982 and continued to be sold by different manufacturers into 2008 according to Wikipedia.
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• Richfield, Utah
6 Aug
@dgobucks226 hahaha! Proud geek here. I had the 1986 cabbage patch doll
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
6 Aug
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.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
That's a cool story Thanks for sharing it
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@marguicha (91705)
• Chile
6 Aug
I think that some dolls should suffer that fate, according to what ailments the child has. One of my daughter´s son was very allergic as a baby. They had to ban stuffed animals from his crib.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
Probably why toys are put through such rigorous testing methods before selling them. Also, most toys today have some sort of warning label when necessary. Thanks for participating good observation, Marguicha.
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@Tracy04 (10527)
• Malaysia
7 Aug
The picture looks like a stamp. I wonder if I can have one
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
Yes, very observant on your part Maybe if you ask the post office clerk nicely
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@Tracy04 (10527)
• Malaysia
8 Aug
@dgobucks226 hehe. I might try ask online see if someone still have this stamp. My hobby likes to collect stamp.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
@Tracy04 Good luck Tracy! Try E-Bay people try to sell everything on that site
• United States
7 Aug
I was a huge fan of those dolls. I had two that were hand made by a woman, the dolls were three feet tall...oh, I was an adult when I got them LOL
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
Wow, glad I brought back a pleasant memory for you. I can feel your happiness right through my computer Abby
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• United States
8 Aug
@dgobucks226 Yes, thanks for the memory!
@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
@AbbyGreenhill My pleasure Abby!
@teamfreak16 (40848)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Aug
I can't think of any dolls, but as you pointed out, phone booths and pay phones.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
I found some others you may be able to relate to...stay tuned!
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@teamfreak16 (40848)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Aug
@dgobucks226 - Looking forward to them!
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
6 Aug
@teamfreak16 Just trying to find the time, but they "be coming."
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@SHOHANA (7096)
• Bangladesh
11 Aug
yup those things belongs to us worth saving, though i have lost my dolls belongs to my childhood memories
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
11 Aug
Thank goodness for our memories
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@SHOHANA (7096)
• Bangladesh
11 Aug
@dgobucks226 yup thanks goodness
@allen0187 (33152)
• Philippines
7 Aug
Not dolls but I bet we won't be seeing anymore phone booths.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
E Bay is selling them!
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@allen0187 (33152)
• Philippines
8 Aug
@dgobucks226 this I have to check out!
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@1creekgirl (10159)
• United States
12 Aug
Very intetesting info! My daughter had an original Raggedy Ann in 1973. Wish I still had it.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
12 Aug
Thank you. Yes, in good condition they are worth quite a bit of money today. Also, it is nice to have keepsakes,
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
7 Aug
I remember Raggedy Ann, DB. I think many of the toys we grew up with would be considered dangerous today. Not certain which other dolls were shelved as possible hazardous toys.
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@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
Yes, there is so much more scrutiny today.
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@vsai2008 (7660)
• India
7 Aug
I don't remember much about the dolls of my childhood, I remember the comic books and few other children books which I used to love to read. Those books are not available as they were before
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6 Aug
Yeah it's so nice to keep some things. It's nostalgic.
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@BelleStarr (37595)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Aug
I can't think of one right now but I am sure that there are ones.
@dgobucks226 (11437)
8 Aug
Barbie dolls are starting to become obsolete. Also, remember those My Little Pony Dolls? Think there gone.
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@velvet53 (16261)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Aug
This is very interesting. I have a Raggedy Ann doll that is over 50 years old.