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Welcome to my website!  If you are interested in anything about Orphan Annie - this is the place to look!  I have been researching Mary Alice Smith - the real Orphan Annie and the Little Orphant Annie character in all her permutations since 2005.  My goal is to eventually write a book about this research.  However, I thought that people might be interested in finding out what I find out as my research progresses.  So I try to post to this site on a weekly basis - usually at the beginning of the week.  You can also follow me on Facebook! 

 

If you have some information that you feel can help me on my research - be sure to send me a message on my Tip Line in the About section. Thanks for visiting!

In researching the character, "Little Orphan Annie,"  I run across obscure sources that are not found on the web, and are not easily located in a library or an archival instutitution.  

I have been researching this topic in my "free time" - which isn't so free...

So this one is an interesting twist.  And, I happened to run across this by accident...

I was recently watching the 2001 movie "Pearl Harbor," which features Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.  In the scene where the Army pilots with the Doolittle Raid are on the aircraft c...

February 3, 2018

Hello Again!  Long Time No See - - 

Yes it has been quite a while since I last posted to this site, and there is a very good reason for that.  There have been many changes in my life, and my focus has been elsewhere this past year or so.  

To bring you up...

Very early silent movies were all filmed on a cellulose nitrate film base or celluloid - which is a compound of nitrocellulose and camphor.  In fact, all movies made before the 1950's and the invention of "safety film" were photographed on this type of media.  This inc...

March 15, 2016

The real Little Orphan Annie was a little girl by the name of Mary Alice Smith, and yes she had a step-mother. 

 

Actually, it has been through Mary Alice's stepmother that I have been able to uncover a lot of information about the Smith family.  "Smith" is such a common...

November 29, 2015

 

Mary Alice Smith - who is the real Little Orphant Annie - had three half siblings.  You can read more about her two older siblings in an earlier post from this year.  However, this particular post will focus on Mary Alice's youngest sister - Susan V. Smith. 

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November 12, 2015

 

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time - - you will know that the name of the REAL "Little Orphan Annie" was really - Mary Alice Smith.   She was a little girl who came to live in the home of Reuben and Elizabeth Riley in Greenfield, Indiana in 1861-6...

August 17, 2015

 Well - let me say this - - in the light of the information that I received from the files from National Archives - it was $110.00 well spent. 

 

This pertains to family information on Mary Alice Smith - who was the real person that inspired James Whitcomb Riley to...

July 27, 2015

Well - I have officially requested my first set of records from the National Archives!

 

The National Archives is the repository for all of the old military records for the Civil War - including pension files.  I have always delayed in getting records from the National A...

July 7, 2015

I attended the unveiling of a James Whitcomb Riley mural on the old Southside of Indianapolis on Sunday, June 28th - and ran into this gentleman - Eric Grayson, film historian and restorer at that event. 
 

I had corresponded with Eric several years ago about a variety...

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