"Beloved Belindy was the mammy of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and all the other dolls in the nursery. She was the nicest, fattest, soft rag doll you would ever care to cuddle. And the smile painted broad face was cheery as could be.
One just had to be happy, when one wears a happy smile, or else the smile would soon go away.
But when a smile is painted on, it is almost certain never to come off.
This is how Belindy was introduced in the Raggedy Ann and Andy world, she oversaw and ran the nursery.
On a interesting note....I found Knickerbocker wanted to bring Beloved Belindy back on the shelves in 1964. Almost immediately she caused uproars with the "mammy" look. She was pulled from the stores and most were burned. That is why she is highly collectible. The book "Beloved Belindy" retails for $175.00 to $800.00 depending on the condition.
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Words and photos by Dawn,