Updated September 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~Little Brown Bear~
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
The character was inspired by one of Gruelle's Sunny Books
Little Brown Bear Patented 1921
series by the same name.
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 three versions of the Little Brown Bear doll.
I have just completed MY VERY OWN re-creation of Johnny Gruelle's "Little Brown Bear" ......pictures below!!! ORDER YOURS TODAY!!!
I have tried to create one similar to the version created by HOUSE OF NISBET, in England ca.1987.....pictured here
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