Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Little Orphant Annie

I spent a wonderful trip last week with my sister in Indianapolis. We both agree it was a buying trip because most everything we did was shop!!!

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 Orphant Annie Storybook was written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann as a tribute and memorial to his friend and neighbor James Whitcomb Riley.

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.
Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Mrs. Hannigan and Molly. The Nickerbocker Toy Company created these in the 1980's.

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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Indrani said...

That is so interesting.
It is so good to know the stories of story books, especially the old ones.
Happy ABCW!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post and I am fascinating my you creative purchase Ophant Annie ~ sounds delightful!

A ShutterBug Explores
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Photo Cache said...

I want to see the musical!


ABC Wednesday said...

a story I know ofcourse but still not my cup of tea if I may say so if you don't mind

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

Anonymous said...

What a heart warming story -who does not love Annie? At the same time sad that that the writers had no idea how famous it would become. Which is the same story for many artists, whether they 'would be writers or painters:) Thanks for visiting me!

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