One of the thrifty items that did NOT fall into the necessity category was soft dolls.
Or should I say two things?
She is definitely not an original Raggedy Ann but was there an orange haired cousin perhaps? Neither doll is marked, I doubt older than the 80s, if even that. For a dime each I could afford to add them to my growing Raggedy collection. They also fit into the genre of promotional merchandising.
Ann was not inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame until 2002, when she was 86 years old.
For more fun facts about Raggedy Ann, her family and friends, click here.
A different collection I have also covers two genres (at least) : Campbell’s Soup and promotional merchandise. I have many Campbells’ mugs and soup dishes, dating from the 1950s to the 2000s. Until this weekend I have not had a Campbell’s doll.
I scoured the house as best I could, even asking the young father overseeing the sale
(between burp towel changes) if he had perhaps seen a boy doll.
For now, Miss Campbell will have to enjoy the company of a canine best friend.
For an interesting read about the similarities between Dolly Dingle and the Campbell Soup Twins
This is a more modern version than the one I had as a child. I think the original Sprout was scarier. This version has a friendlier, more positive vibe, better to convince youngsters to eat their vegetables.
Sprout, the cute little wagon which I am sure once held flowers, and his new doggie pal set me back 50 cents.
The last dolls, which in my greedy haste I mistook for a modernized Cabbage Patch Kid couple, are around 20 inches tall, made of a harder rubber and have “real” opening and closing eyes.
In fact they are made in Illinois by Davidcraft, still in the 1980s.
After doing some research I am pleased to say each still wears original clothing, socks and shoes and has all eyelashes.
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