When I was about 7 or 8 my cousin’s from the USA came over and visited us and I remember them bringing over Casper comics and Juicy Fruit chewing gum – my goodness I had never seen that kind of comic strip comic before and I remember reading them and chewing on the gum – which I was never usually allowed either. Very exotic to a young girl in the early 1960’s
I visited Lamport Antique & Collectables Fair on Saturday and picked up a few items for my Etsy shop and whilst I was there I saw this little lady standing on a table. I thought I recognised her and I just loved her little cheeky sideways glance and smile and so I picked her up and brought her home with me.
I thought I would have a little search on Google for her – somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered Casper the Friendly Ghost and low and behold there she was “Little Audrey”.
This young lass (or should I say old girl) was a star in Paramount Pictures cartoons from 1947 until 1958 and then she was later immortalised in Harvey’s comic strips alongside others such as Casper (I knew I had seen her before).
I found this little poem from Little Audrey - does she know me or something
Oh, Little Audrey says
"Save for a rainy day."
She saves, but every time it rains
She spends what she puts away.
Anyway long story short after a little search she is rather a rare little doll and a further search saw one on an Auction site (not Ebay) that has sold for just over $120.00, so my couple of £ investment was money well spent.
I am probably going to put her on Ebay and see how she does but I am not too worried about her selling as she is very sweet and can join my collection of dolls and I will enjoy her for a while.
Funny thing is I can’t stand chewing gum now and never chew it, Mum was right all along “It will give you wind”.... she used to say, I don’t know about that just can’t stand the jaw ache and it is useless for blowing bubbles with!!!