Updated September 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
Camel with the Wrinkled Knees
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
Gruelle first introduced his
Camel with the Wrinkled Knees character in the book "Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel With the Wrinkled Knees"
(first copyright 1924 and showing a white camel)
Another of Gruelle's delightful characters.....Pirate Chieftan was also introduced in this Storybook....Be sure to check out his page too!!!!
In 1941 Georgene Novelties began producing the first
commercial doll patterned after Gruelle's camel. He is made from felted tan cloth,
with red fabric feet, a red bridle, yellow blanket trimmed with red and turquoise strips.
His "googly" eyes were celluloid(other features were printed on).
His release coincided with the 1941 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy cartoon and the McLoughlin Bros. release of "The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees"
featuring a tan camel on it's cover.
He is a whimsical character doll, who shared many
exciting adventures with
and Raggedy Andy
and the Tired Old Horse. When he was blindfolded and walked backwards he was able to magically find his way to Loonie Land.
Where he helped rescue a stolen doll!
The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees is also the basic storyline for
Raggedy Ann & Andy ~ A Musical Adventure.....
a animated musical cartoon produced in 1977.
I am currently working on a project to recreate the characters in the movie.
Click on the link above to learn more about the movie.
In the Musical, the Camel is Blue and sings a wonderful song about being .....Bluuuuue
(meaning he was VERY VERY sad).
In 1977 following the release of the movie....Knickerbocker came out with it's "Blue" Camel w/Wrinkled Knees.
I have created the original Camel doll from the 1941 McCalls' pattern
I have also designed a pattern of my own
with 'attached' legs & a smaller blanket with fringe trim........
a "Crooksville" checkered Camel...... "Inspired" by the
Crooksville Pottery (ca.1941)
which has one of my favorite pictures
Raggedy Ann & Andy riding the checkered Camel !
Here are a few of MY OWN re-creations of
"The Camel with Wrinkled Knees"
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
Click on each picture to ENLARGE !!