Both of us love a good find and both interested in history.
I've always loved "Little Orphan Annie" but learned so much from finding this book in a vintage store. "Orphant Annie Story Book".
The original poem "Little Orphant Annie" was written in 1885 by James Whitcomb Riley. The poem about a little orphan who comes to live with a family. It was inspired by Mary Alice Smith an actual orphan who came to live with his family during her childhood.
In 1908 the first book "Little Orphant Annie was printed. During the years following she became the inspiration for "Little Orphan Annie" and "Raggedy Ann".
A film adaptation was made in 1918, a silent film which was narrated by James Riley.
Another adaptation is the comic strip created in 1924. The long running Broadway musical was made in 1977 and motion picture in 1982.
While on my trip my Sister had these stored away and she gave me this set of Little Orphan Annie characters.
Both James Riley and Johnny Gruelle passed away before they knew what a legend Little Orphant Annie would become to future generations.
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