Sunday, March 04, 2007

Raggedy Ann & Andy book art from 1942

One of the good things about being back in California is that I have access to my book collection again. One of the things I dig about vintage children's books are the illustrations and I pick up a copy whenever I can find a unique one.

The first old book I came across when I got to the old house was the 1942 children's book Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman, written by Johnny Gruelle and illustrated by Worth Gruelle. While the book is full of classic Raggedy Ann and Andy illustrations rendered in both color and line drawing, I scanned only the full page color art. A little bit of those rag dolls goes a long way, let me tell you.

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  1. I never knew the illos were by Worth Gruelle. They are super awesome, I love these books.

  2. Thank you for this post! I LOVED these illustrations growing up. Did you ever see the movie musical? This movie was a treasure when I was a kid. I recently stumbled across some clips on youTube. And after I watched them I felt so nostalgic. I'm an artist myself, probably this movie has a little something to do with that. =)

    I was searching online and that's how I found your excellent blog.

    So, I created some fan art of my favorite character, The Camel that I would like to share. And thanks for this great post!

    Fan Art by Andy Buaer - The Camel


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