I finished the snow Dotee yesterday evening and am thrilled with how she finished up.  Take a look at this beauty!


She is resplendent in her pink beads, snowflakes, crystals and pearls.  Her pink hair is from wool roving.  It started as two long Rapunzel type braids, but I didn’t like that look so decided she needed an updo.  I love her sweet little face.  Instead of felt for her face I used a fabric with a faint blue flower print.  She has big blue eyes and I added some eyelids to make her look a bit sleepy.

After some research on the Rudolph book which I found thrifting the other day I found that it is a 1947 edition and that the original Rudolph story was written in 1939.  Here is some history on the story here and how it came to be. 

The story was written by Robert L. May of Evanston, Illinois for Montgomery Ward for free distribution during the Christmas season, 1939. There were two issues of the 1939 edition. The regular issue, of which some 2.4 million copies were printed, was given away to customers and customers’ children at Montgomery Ward stores. This issue is bound in glossy red paper wrappers with Rudolph illustrated on the front and a “Merry Christmas” greeting from Montgomery Ward on the back. The book measures 10-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches, and contains [32] pages, plus wrappers. It is illustrated throughout in red, brown, and two shades of blue. The illustrator was Denver Gillan.There was also a limited issue of 1000 copies bound in brown cloth with the front wrapper (only) of the regular issue laid down on the front cover. This edition was distributed to executives of Montgomery Ward and other company VIPs including suppliers. I have seen a copy bound in red cloth with both front and back wrappers laid down, but I believe this to be merely a rebound copy, as I have it on May’s own authority that the back cover of the issue of 1000 is devoid of illustration. A second edition of Rudolph was published in 1946. This edition, of which 3.6 million copies were printed, is identical to the first edition of 1939 except for two changes in the illustrations. In the first edition on page [9] the airplane has only three engines. By 1946 four-engine planes had come into prominence, and the illustration was changed to depict a plane with four engines (my copy has 4 engines on the plane). Also, in the 1939 edition page [6] shows elves helping Santa load his sleigh. In the 1946 edition the elves are not present (missing elves in mine).

Based on the sensational success of the Rudolph character, a trade edition was published by Maxton Publishers, Inc., New York, in 1947, in the publisher’s “Maxton Books for Little People” series (this is my copy). The (unattributed) illustrations are by Marion Guild. It measures 10-1/8 x 71/8 inches and is bound in glazed pictorial paper covered boards, with Maxton ads on the back cover. This edition contains [32] pages and is illustrated throughout.Maxton also published a pop-up edition of Rudolph in 1950. This is spiral-bound in stiff paper wrappers, also with illustrations by Marion Guild. It measures 10-5/8 x 8-1/2 inches. There are 5 pop-ups and a number of other illustrations throughout.As an aside, Paul Wing made a recording of the Rudolph story on the RCA-Victor label, a double album produced in 1947. In 1949. composer Johnny Marks, who was a friend of May, wrote a song about Rudolph. It was recorded in 1949 by Gene Autry, and it became Autry’s biggest selling record. There were also Rudolph slippers, Rudolph cuddle-toy, Rudolph jigsaw puzzles, a Rudolph push-out “puzzle toy,” and a Rudolph sweatshirt, all available from Montgomery Ward.
Between the Covers

The story inside is not the same story as the one we are familiar with now.  Instead of living at the North Pole he lives at home with his parents. 

Lastly, here is a cool site I found recently.  If your tennies need a little pizazz you might want to try some of these lacing techniques.  This one is my favorite.  Might give it a try when I have more time. 

Have a great rest of your weekend!