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Just a little over a year ago
Raggedy Ann turned 100! Hard to believe. This lovable floppy fabric doll
started as a fix-up by Johnny Gruelle of a worn out, torn up old doll his
daughter Marcella found in the attic. He fixed her up and made her as vibrant as
he could. Marcella and the doll she named Raggedy Ann became instant friends.
Marcella Gruelle and her mother Myrtle in 1911
Unfortunately, Marcella was
to have only a short love affair with Ann as she died at the age of 13 as the
result of complications from a smallpox vaccination program at school.
1915 Patent by Gruelle for the Design of a Doll
Johnny Gruelle went ahead and
got the patent for Raggedy Ann … for the memory of his daughter. Once the doll came to market
it was a hit. Gruelle, a cartoonist and illustrator who had signed a publishing contract with P. F.
Volland, introduced Raggedy Ann Stories in 1918. He wrote one new book a
year for 20 years after that. In 1920, Gruelle introduced Ann’s brother,
The "Cottage" Raggedy Ann, produced by Non-Breakable Toy Company for Volland, circa 1918-1919.
Collection of Raggedys
So many children loved these
dolls and stories, that in 1997 Raggedy Ann was put on her own United States
postage stamp. In 2002, Raggedy Ann was inducted into the National Toy Hall of
Fame and five years later her brother Andy received the same honor. “The
dolls are reunited in this place of honor—where they belong, together of
course, for always.”
US Postage Stamp issued in 1997
The two Raggedys in the National Toy Hall of Fame
We occasionally get some
vintage copies of Raggedy Ann and Andy books in at Vintages. Right now we have
two colorful 1960 editions: Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman and
Raggedy Ann’s Wishing Pebble. Both are delightful stories and are filled with playful
illustrations. We have these priced at $24 each.
Start your own collection
of the dolls or the books or both. You will enjoy having these two little
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