Saturday, August 27, 2011

Raggedy Andy

You all know who this guy is!
Raggedy Andy!

This Andy sits on a shelf in my son's room.

A picture of my two little munchkins, playing outside on their tricycles 
with their Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls.
(The photo was taken several years ago. My kids are both in their 20's now.)

(family photos may not be borrowed or pinned)

When I was a little girl, I had a Raggedy Andy.  
I was very attached to him.
This is a sketch my mom made of me when I was young.
See who is in the picture with me?

(family photos may not be borrowed or pinned)

I loved that doll to pieces.  
After years of wear and tear, repeated washings and humid conditions, he wore out. 
My Mom stitched him back together, numerous times.  
And completely replaced a few limbs.  
But eventually the fabric was completely broken down.

I still have this one tiny piece of him
tucked away in a little tin of childhood treasures.

I know he loved me as much as I loved him.

Did you have a favorite doll?

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  1. I had a Raggedy Andy too! I loved him more than any other doll I had. I think it is because he loved me too. It said so right where his heart should be. I did petition for an Ann but she never came to be. It was OK because I loved him enough for both of us.

  2. I remember those dolls but I didn't ever have one, that I can remember. It is amazing that you still have a remnant of him.

  3. I had a Raggedy Andy too...wonder why not a Raggedy Ann? Oh well, yes he was loved but is still in one piece! what a sweet face and got to love the heart......

  4. Gayle -- what a precious post. Loved the photos and that sketch is priceless! My sister still has her Holly Hobbie (and friends) dolls tucked away in her cedar chest. I was more of a baby doll kind of girl and those were long ago out grown and given away.

    Have a great weekend!


  5. I remember having those when I was little - Chatty Kathy was one - was it because we shared the same name? And I was never chatty at all myself!
    I love that you still have a piece of Andy to love and to cherish the memories!
    God Bless,

  6. What great memories. My oldest daughter received a Raggedy Andy when she was very small, but she never took to it. I had a favorite doll named BB. Probably, I couldn't say "baby" and it came out BB. I still have her too. I also had a stuff dog named Bernie. One time my parents and I were out shopping and I apparently saw a little girl with the same dog, and mine was at home, and I started screaming that she had my BERNIE!!!!

  7. The picture of your two with their Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls is precious. I didn't realize how much your two resemble one another until seeing that picture.

    The sketch that your mother did of you and your Andy doll is precious, Gayle. I'm so glad you still have well as what is left of your Andy doll.

    I can't really remember ever having an attachment to any particular doll, as a youngster. I'll have to ask my mother about it.

  8. I have always wanted a Raggedy Andy doll, my Mom has one though. Gayle your mother did a fantastic job with her sketch.
    I have collected dolls for a long time, and have many favorites.
    Thank for always sharing your beautiful treasures.

  9. I Had a Raggedy Ann - who I called just 'Raggedy' as my nickname was Annie. Loved her threadbare, too she may be in a box somewhere around the house, but I think she's long gone.
    Hmmm, I am going to do Raggedy's for the new neices, I think.
    The sketch is so sweet.

  10. What a sweet post! The pic of your children is such a treasure and so is the sketch your mother did of you (and Andy).

    I had a Mrs. Beasley doll that I loved.


  11. What a wonderful post. I didn't have a Raggedy Ann or Andy - but I did have a rag doll that my grandma made for me for my 6th birthday. She still lives with me - and has her very own rocking chair. She is about the size of a two year old, and has long brown braids.

    She has had to have her arms and legs replaced and has had two sets of braids. My kids played with her - and she's still my favorite doll.

    It is wonderful that you have a remnant of your Andy doll.

  12. What a sweet post! (and your mom was quite the artist... love that picture) How precious that you still have Andy's face. My mom is a Raggedy collector, and I'm going to send her over to read this post. :o)

  13. How neat that you still have that hand-drawn photo! The last doll I ever loved was probably a troll doll (sigh)

  14. O my...Raggedy Andy..some where I had Raggedy Ann...least you still have a piece of him..thats nice..Mom drew a great picture. I also one year was broke and make my daughter and son Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann..somewhere I have the photo I will have to show you..I remember making the hair with cardboard and orange yarn...Happy Saturday my friend. God Bless you...

  15. I think it's precious that you're saving "pieces" of your beloved doll... I know it brings a smile to your face every time you see it. Raggedy Ann and Andy are so near and dear to many hearts and many generations - thanks for sharing your story!

  16. When I was a little girl I wanted a Raggedy Ann more than anything. I never had one, but my daughter did!

  17. what a lovely post I think you should frame your portrait and what left of your beloved doll...your girls are adorable....they do grow to quickly thank God for pictures so we can look back when parenting was easy.

  18. Had a knitted doll my mother made for me, still have her, very floppy and rather grubby. Afraid that if I wash her she will disintegrate. "Pippi" after Astrid Lindgrens character. Lot of love gone into that doll :)

  19. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, as well as all cloth dolls. I to have some special ones from my childhood and also my adulthood. LOL

  20. I love that all you have left is a small piece. That is about what I have left of my baby (toddler,tween, teen, young adult) blanket. I had both Raggedy Ann and Andy. I loved them but my heart belonged to a soft bodied baby I called Gracie, she is still with me and I find her crazy hair and sticky eye still charming.

  21. Que dulces recuerdos! de ti y de tus hijos.
    Un abrazo

  22. What a sweet post. I have a teddy bear that was well loved. He was sewn up many many times. He's now in my craft room on a top shelf and he doesn't look all that handsome anymore. Thanks for the memories.

  23. My daughter was the lucky recipient of an original Raggedy Anne and someone made her a gorgeous one as well. They sat high on a shelf in her nursery so as not to get destroyed by the brothers...Now they rest peacefully in the den tucked into a rocker...I had and still have a sweet little nanny goat I treasured. Thank you for the memories. Enjoy your weekend.

  24. What a sweet post I love Raddedy Ann and Andy. So glad you have pieces left of Andy

  25. Oh, what a sweet post. I love that picture of your kids and their dolls and the sketch your mom did ... precious! But, I really had to smile at the piece of Andy you have saved. That is so sweet.
    Raggedy Ann was my favorite doll growing up. I always wanted the great big one and Andy too. Through the years I got some of the smaller ones. When I got married my husband bought me the great big ones for Christmas. I still have them all in the attic. Maybe I will dig them out and do a post.

  26. Oh he is smiling. That is the sweetest post. I would love to enter your lovely giveaway.

  27. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy! I bought some from eBay for my daughters. My favorite was a My Friend Mandy doll. I thought she was the greatest. :)


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