Hitty Travel Doll — Virginia Ann Heyerdahl

Roy Sterrett Hitty Doll

Roy Sterrett Hitty Virginia Ann Heyerdahl

Roy Sterrett Hitty Doll

Submitted by Virginia Ann Heyerdahl In 1979, the Black Hills Doll Club of South Dakota in Region 4 held a Regional Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota. A hand-carved Hitty was the souvenir doll along with a copy of the book, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field.   The doll was hand carved by Roy Sterrett.  She is 6 1/2" tall.  You will note the “white” streaks painted in the hair. Mr. Sterrett was no doubt using the illustrations of Hitty to carve his version and thought that the “highlights” in the hair shown in illustrations indicated gray hair....

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Who is Hitty

Virginia Ann Heyerdahl

Who is Hitty

by Virginia Ann Heyerdahl, Founder, Editor and Publisher of Friends of Hitty Newsletter/Club   Hitty, the 6-1/4-inch heroine in Rachel Field’s Newbery Medal winning book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, has certainly made her mark in the doll world, especially in the last several decades. For those who might not be familiar with the book, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, it is the "autobiography" of an early American wooden doll “hand-carved from Irish mountain-ash wood by a peddler.” The book was written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop. In October 1929, the Macmillan Company published Hitty: Her First...

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