Perhaps you cuddled a cloth doll when you were growing up. Hugging and sleeping with a doll that is not porcelain or plastic is comfortable and reassuring. Since cloth dolls are almost weightless, children can toll them around easily. How many of you had a Raggedy Ann or Andy doll?
One hundred years ago, Johnny Gruelle sat in Indianapolis, Indiana and rendered a cloth doll for his daughter, Marcella. Because he wanted her to know that she was always loved, he put a heart on the chest of the doll. In the center of the heart were the words, “I love you.” That doll was Raggedy Ann. Yes, Raggedy Ann is one-hundred-years-old and her friend, Raggedy Andy is ninety-five.
Raggedy Ann has an important place in the history of Indiana and doll history. Both Raggedy Ann and Andy are still being produced. Not many cloth dolls are nowadays. Most are some form of plastic.
Annual Tea Party!
In honor of Raggedy Ann and Andy, the Hoosier Salon’s annual children’s tea party will be a celebration of their birthdays. The tea party will be held on May 27th from noon until 3-4 pm at the Hoosier Salon. It is for both girls and boys. Boys are specifically invited to join in the tea this year to help celebrate Raggedy Andy’s birthday. Children ages 8 to ten are invited. Younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Parents are welcome to call or send reservations.
There is no charge for the event.
After activities and refreshments at the Hoosier Salon, the children will be escorted to Patricia Gosh’s Antique Doll Store on New Harmony’s Main Street where they will see an astonishing collection of dolls including Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.
This event is a part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. Contact the Hoosier Salon to make reservations for the Raggedy Ann and Andy birthday celebration tea, 812-682-3970. And yes, Raggedy Ann and Andy still have the words, “I Love You” embroidered on their chests.