Saturday, June 20, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dollies Inspired Free Coloring Pages #1



"Raggedy Ann" has probably been one of the most popular cloth dolls for little girls for decades since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918.

So, of course, when primitive cloth dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive cloth dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  e-book written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" e-book written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.


While the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories are a product of their time, I found the doll illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming as, of course, they depicted all sorts of "dollies" at play.  So, I decided I would create free coloring pages, inspired by these illustrations from the 1918 free e-book, so all the little girls and grown-up girls could enjoy coloring images of their favorite "dollies."  Kind of like a shared young and old experience.

I created 30 different coloring pages on my Linda's Blog in group #1 for hours of coloring fun.  Just click HERE for my Linda's Blog post or click on the two images above.  They'll bring you to my Linda's Blog post that has all 30 of the coloring pages.

Once you're in my post just click on the images for the full image size.  Then save to your computer and print out a full size image on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet.  If the image isn't sized for a 8 1/2 " by 11" sheet when you open it in your computer viewer zoom in and re-size it until it fits on a full size sheet and then print it out.

I hope you have fun coloring the different illustrations I have combined into 30 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.

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