Holly Hobbie was an artist specialising in drawing greetings cards, lending her name to the characters she drew, which were later issued in doll form. During the 1960s, people became intrigued by her designs featuring a little girl, facing sideways, dressed in a long patchwork frock, with a large bonnet totally obscuring her face. This pose tended to create an urge to see the expression which lurked beneath the brim. Grannies, especially, adored this nostalgia theme, imagining it was their granddaughter lurking under that floppy bonnet, and the whole concept happily coincided with the fashionable look of the day – long, floaty dresses, small prints, Laura Ashley, country style, femininity and pastel shades.

In 1974, Knickerbocker Toys licensed the Holly Hobbie character for a line of rag dolls, launched in 1975. These were a popular toy for young American girls for several years. Additional products were licensed and produced, including fabrics, furniture, ceramics, games, and stationery. Holly Hobbie products were later marketed by American Greetings in association with Carlton Cards.

Beginning in 1989 and into the 1990s, Holly Hobbie dolls were produced by Tomy. Knickerbocker Toys also began producing dolls, but these were vinyl doll heads with soft bodies, unlike the original cloth dolls (rag dolls).

Updated: 16 February 2021

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original holly hobbie doll knickerbocker american Original Holly Hobbie Doll Knickerbocker American... 04/2021 £28.93
holly hobbie wall plaque picture hanging Holly Hobbie Wall Plaque Picture Hanging... 04/2021 £6.15
holly hobbie patch joy to world new Holly Hobbie Patch Joy To World New... 04/2021 £5.79
holly hobbie 1977 dream collection pewter figurine Holly Hobbie 1977 Dream Collection Pewter Figurine... 04/2021 £7.23
holly hobbie friend dream along heather dress Holly Hobbie Friend Dream Along Heather Dress... 04/2021 £2.00
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