March 15th Program: Holly Hobby and Friends

Thank you Pat D. for sharing this program summary and pictures!

We in the Cleveland Doll Club always love our annual meeting with the Junior Club Members and this year was no exception. On our guest tables were Holly Hobby pins for everyone and a sweet paper flower bouquet with H.H. illustration provided by Christina S. The Juniors brought their American Girl dolls and placed them in Dolly Day Care while they found new and old friends. There were many tables of helper prizes providing ample chances for both seniors and juniors to win something special with their tickets.


Junior Members with Christina, our program presenter


While the seniors attended the business meeting , the juniors went with our speaker Christina to work on a friendship bracelet and bookmark. 2014 MARCH JUNIOR ACTIVITY - 4Afterward, the two rooms were opened up together and Christina’s amazing and huge doll display was revealed. Then, all enjoyed a Baked Potato Bar with salad, toppings, chili and dessert for lunch followed by settling down to hear the program.

Lunch Buffet Potato Bar

Lunch Buffet Potato Bar












Christina went through the very interesting history of Holly Hobby, her creator of the same name and the various dolls on display. Many kept commenting “I didn’t know that”. A wonderful program!

Barb. C. helped the girls introduce themselves and who were their sponsors. Many were eager to see if they were lucky in the Helper drawings and many smiles came when their names were called. The girls were then each given a bag containing H.H. sticker and activity books, H.H. Christmas ornament, H.H. cutout and pin and a H.H. cloth doll . It was a wonderful day filed with smiles, friends and fun. Thank you Christina S., Barb C. and Andria P. for a memory filled day.



A brief history of Holly Hobby: Denise Holly Ulinskas Hobbie was always drawing, painting and creating , sending hand drawn cards with happy phrases to family and friends. In the early 1960’s she created a little girl wearing a large blue sunbonnet and dressed in patchwork prairie style. She was encouraged to send her sketches out to card companies and in 1967 American Greetings in Cleveland contracted her as a freelance artist. The card line became a huge success and soon people began calling the little girl character Holly Hobby after the artist.   HH illustration c



In creating the character’s look which bears her name, Holly Hobbie has captured in exquisite detail the serenity and innocence of a long – ago world. Her designs possess a timeless appeal rooted in the homespun warmth and quiet pleasures of a simpler, gentler way of life. “While I have not deliberately, tried to denote a specific time or person, ” she states, “my style and subjects bring back memories of a more tranquil and charming time period. For younger people, they seem to evoke ‘the good old days’ captured in books or on film.. a time beyond memory.”

Much of Holly’s work reflects her memories of growing up in rural Connecticut: “I loved living on the farm, and I had special places where I would go to daydream and pretend. These are the places in my designs.”

In 1974 the card line became a real doll made by Knickerbocker and the rag dolls outsold Raggedy Annie by 1975. They came in sizes from 4-1/2 in to 33 in and soon other “friends” joined Holly. Holly has light brown hair and wears a blue bonnet and patchwork dress; Carrie has blond braids and wears red; Amy has light brown braids and wears green; Heather has brown braids and wears beige; Robby, a boy, has brown curly hair and wears red and blue; Grandma has gray shaggy hair and wears blue.











Many products have been produced which include collector plates, glassware, wall plaques, figurines, china bells, stationary, applique, decals, watches, fabrics, bed sheets, craft and holiday items, greeting cards and children’s clothing. Holly Hobbie designs have sparked a long – term love affair with the collectibles market – one which gives promise of growing even stronger in the years to come.
Manufacturers: 1974 Knickerbocker (cloth) > Tomy (cloth) > Gorham (porcelain) > Mattel (vinyl & cloth) > Madame Alexander (vinyl) > Marie Osmond (porcelain with cloth body) In 2006 American Greeting & Nickolodeon created the movie “Holly Hobby and Friends” with the original Holly as great-grandmother of the modern Holly and new vinyl teenage dolls were produced.

Christina, program presenter

Christina, program presenter

It’s now 2014 and Holly is still drawing and producing new series of children’s books with new characters such as Toot & Puddle and Fanny.

Again, many, many thanks to Christina for a delightful day, a wonderful program and awesome display.

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