Today for throw back Thursday, I bring you Holly Hobbie! As a young girl I came to love Holly Hobbie! I have always been intrigued by her innocence and her calming nature. I owned a few signature Holly Hobbie pieces as a child including, The Holly Hobbie Rag Doll.
The Holly Hobbie Record Player
I had holly Hobbie bedding
A T.V. tray
and My Most favorite prized possession My Holly Hobbie Lunch pail!!
Who was Holly Hobbie? Holly Hobbie was born (Denise Holly Ulinskas) in 1944. She is an American writer and Illustrator, and the name of a fictional character based on this person. She grew up on a farm in rural Connecticut. In 1964 she married her high school sweetheart and writer Douglas Hobbie. They made their home in Massachusetts. Holly used her children, Brett, Jocelyn, and Nathaniel from which to draw inspiration.
In the late 1960's, Hobbie sold her distinctive artwork of a rag dress wearing girl with a giant bonnet to American Greetings. This series of Illustrations became popular, and her originally nameless character became known as "Hollie Hobbie". In 1974 (the year I was born) Knickerbocker toys licensed the Holly Hobbie character for a line of rag dolls. This was a popular toy for young American girls for several years.
In creating the character which bears her name, Holly Hobbie has captured in great detail the serenity and innocence of a world long ago. Her designs possess the quiet pleasures of a simpler, gentler way of life. Hollie Hobbie states, "While I was not deliberately, trying to denote a specific time or person, 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."
Holly Hobbie products are now once again being marketed by American Greetings in association with Carlton Cards.
Thank you Holly Hobbie for the memories...Have a peaceful day!!