Updated September 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ Eddie Elephant ~
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
INSPIRED BY JOHNNY GRUELLE’S Wonderful illustrations.....and Volland's ca.1931 Eddie Elephant Doll
~Volland's ca. 1931 DOLL~
You can read about me in Johnny Gruelle’s book
named after "ME"
PUBLISHED BY P.F. VOLLAND CO.
(click on link above to read entire book online...including pictures!)
Eddie's Mama parted his 6 little hairs straight down the middle
and placed his hat squarely in the middle…
A VERY SWEET STORY OF LITTLE EDDIE ELEPHANT
AND THE FRIENDS AND ADVENTURES HE HAS ON A LITTLE
TO VISIT HIS GRANDMOTHER.
Eddie's Mama made him a bright new Birthday outfit with matching hat....
(notice his green/white checked "bum" cover???)
Eddie's riding his new blue bicycle....a Birthday gift from his Uncle
Gruelle originally planned to have dolls/toys based on his patented characters
Henrietta Hennypenny and Eddie Elephant, produced by Beers-Keeler-Bowman .
However, when that didn't materialize, he negotiated with the
Ross & Ross Company of Oakland, California
to create and manufacture dolls inspired by his Sunny Books Series
which were being produced by Volland.
Gruelle and/or his family members provided Ross & Ross with homemade prototypes
and they began their production of these character dolls
in 1921 with a 12 inch plush Little Brown Bear doll.
Sunny Bunny came next in 1922, he was also a 12 inch plush doll and
was followed later in 1922 by an Eddie Elephant doll,
which measured 14 inches and was made with a combination of cloth and felt.
The dolls had kapok stuffing and each had sewn on clothing with a cloth tag
stating their "individual" patented name.
The P.F.Volland Company sold the dolls along with the Sunny Book bearing their individual name, and was the original inspiration for the dolls.
Ross & Ross continued to manufacture the dolls for Volland & Gruelle until 1923.
They produced 8,700 Little Brown Bear Dolls,
1,800 Eddie Elephant dolls, and
5,400 Sunny Bunny dolls.
The P.F. Volland Company introduced two versions of the Eddie Elephant doll.
Eddie Elephant & Friends
~ ~ Here I am with a few of my friends at Not So Raggedy Acres~ ~
~ ~ And................A few more friends ~ ~
Another "Original Design Creation"
at NOT SO RAGGEDY ACRE
This beautiful handmade cloth doll is my “reproduction “of “Eddie Elephant”
He is a artist signed, dated, & numbered edition.
A handmade heart-shaped hang tag will be attached to doll.
This little Eddie Elephant doll was a joy to create!!.
I chose a red/white striped fabric( which I use for the stocking legs of all my Raggedy Character dolls) for his removeable outfit…it is trimmed with white collar and cuffs. His little “BUM” cover is made of green/white checked fabric…………….just like in the storybook!
I have tried very hard to match the “original” doll, from pictures in a variety of Raggedy Collectors books....as well as the storybook illustrations.
Compare him to the picture of the original doll that is pictured with him below!!
This Eddie Elephant doll has hand embroidered facial features with black button eyes(white felt is hand-stitched behind the button eyes). Like the “original doll…he has an open felt mouth (of my own design) I have added a little pink tongue for character!. He has six black yarn hairs, which according to the story, …….his Mama parted straight down the middle and placed his hat squarely in the middle…
He is dressed in removeable clothing with snaps in the back
His lightly stuffed hat features a white yarn ball.
The original dolls were approximately 14 “(circa 1920’s) and 11” (circa 1931)including his hat..mine like my other Raggedy Character collectible dolls is approximately “20”
I will soon be offering all of my character dolls in 15" and 10" sizes as well.
He will surely be the center of attention in your Raggedy collection.
His head is formed of two back pieces and three front pieces to form his trunk………his large lightly stuffed ears are top-stitched…..adding a more finished look., and his head is sewn to his body at the neck. His legs are jointed at the hip and knee , so that he can sit.
I designed my own pattern for this gray felt doll and his clothing from the pictures of the original “doll” pictured in several of my Raggedy Collector’s books.
Although he is not an original……you will rarely see an “original” and they are “out of reach” for most of us………..so this is the next best thing!
I think you will agree that the variety of character dolls I offer ….make for great conversation pieces and add a touch of “Variety” to your Raggedy Collections……..and can fill a spot until you are lucky enough to afford an “original” to take it’s place!!.
I hope that you will enjoy my version of Johnny Gruelle’s Eddie Elephant …Raggedy Character doll………I
have tried very hard to duplicate the original.
You will be well pleased by his quality craftmanship!!
This Eddie Elephant doll is an
Heirloom Quality Collectible Treasure that will add that one-of-a-kind distinction to your collection.
Destined to become a Treasured Family Heirloom!
He is a delightful little
“Elephant”…...Just waiting for someone to take him home to meet his new “Raggedy Ann family” and love him !! !
Here are a few of MY OWN re-creations of "Eddie Elephant" with friends
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
Click on each picture to ENLARGE !!