Vintage Raggedy Ann Dolls


 

 

This vintage doll favorite is dressed in red-striped stockings, flouncy white apron and flowered frock (beneath which resides a fat red heart labeled “I love You”).

 

 

 

Vintage Raggedy AnnRaggedy Ann is a fictional character who has been entertaining and charming young children for almost one hundred years. The character was first created as a doll in 1915. This mischievous vintage rag doll and her enchanting toy friends were introduced to young readers in 1918 by author Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938). Vintage Raggedy Ann always has a warm and optimistic outlook and a calm approach to difficulties.

 

Gruelle based his main character on a real rag doll that Vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy Dollsbelonged to his mother. The doll was found in an attic trunk by Gruelle’s daughter, Marcella. It is said that the vintage doll had no face, so, it was her Dad who put the famous black eyes, red triangle nose, and separated mouth on the original doll and, Grandma made a new dress.

 

To entertain his sick daughter, Gruelle created stories about Raggedy Ann; when she died he wrote and illustrated Raggedy Ann Stories (1918) in her memory. At her death, Gruelle immersed himself in his work and began putting in written form the many stories he invented about Raggedy Ann for Marcella while she was ill. To aid in the selling of books, the Gruelle Family created a blue and white clad rag doll with red yarn for hair, named Raggedy Ann, that was sold along with it.

 
 
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In 1915, Johnny Gruelle painted a face on an old rag doll and named it Raggedy Ann. Although the Raggedy Ann books were successful, the vintage Raggedy Ann dolls became more popular. The earliest dolls are marked with the patent date of September 7, 1915, on their back torso. Dressed in her red-striped stockings, flouncy white apron and flowered frock (beneath which resides a fat red heart labeled “I love You”), she has multiplied in the millions during her first century.

 

Nearly 100 years later, the Raggedy Ann doll’s friendly and familiar face continues to be an especial comfort to parents stalking the toy stores for a gift. Lost in a maze of digital toys, robots and bright flashy displays highlighting the latest toys sits Raggedy Ann, the most popular doll ever sold in the U.S, still cuddly and smiling, unchanged in spite of the frantic inventiveness all around her.

 

Pictures of Vintage Raggedy Ann Dolls

 

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  • Vintage Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls, 1930s Vintage Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls, 1930s
    Each vintage doll has black button eyes, stitched noses, mouths and red woolen hair. Wearing original clothes with red and white sewn on stripe socks. These Raggedy Ann dolls sold at Bonham's auction for $345 in 2009. [Photo: www.bonhams.com]

 

  • Raggedy Ann Doll from 1950s
  • Raggedy Ann Doll from 1950s
    Vintage Raggedy Ann doll made by Georgene Novelties,circa 1951. Wearing cotton print dress with red-stitched white ruffled collar,pantalets,white apron. Sold at Theriault's auction for $800. [Photo: www.theriaults.com]

 

  • Volland Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls Volland Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls
    Early pre-1930s era Volland stuffed vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy character dolls with some fading and wear to faces. Sold at Bonham's auction for $732 in 2009. [Photo: www.bonhams.com]

 

  • Pair of Vintage Dolls of Raggedy Ann & Andy Pair of Vintage Dolls of Raggedy Ann & Andy
    A pair of R. John Wright dolls of Raggedy Ann and Andy each with their metal buttons, in its original box. Sold at Bonham's auction for $225 in 2013. [Photo: www.bonhams.com]

 

Vintage Raggedy Ann Books

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A sequel to the first book, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, a vintage  doll dressed in sailor suit and hat. Gruelle wrote and illustrated a series of books until his death in 1938; many more books were released and credited to Johnny Gruelle after his death, regardless of who actually wrote and illustrated them. Typically at the end of the story, after an exciting adventure or wonderful journey, Raggedy Ann and her friends learned a small but valuable lesson on life. From the days of her discovery by the real Marcella, the little rag doll with the red-yarn hair has inspired timeless tales and colorful pictures and has stirred the imaginations of millions of young readers all over the world.

List of Raggedy Ann stories written both by Gruelle and other authors: 

  • Raggedy Ann Stories (1918) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees (1924) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Andy's Number Book (1924) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Wishing Pebble (1925) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Alphabet Book (1925) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Beloved Belindy (1926) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • The Paper Dragon: A Raggedy Ann Adventure (1926) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Wooden Willie (1927) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Fairy Stories (1928) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Magical Wishes (1928) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story (1929) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann in the Deep Deep Woods (1930) written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Sunny Songs (1930) words and illustrations by Johnny Gruelle, music by Will Woodin

  • Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land (1931) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann's Lucky Pennies (1932) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann in the Golden Meadow (1935) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and the Left-Handed Safety Pin (1935)

  • Raggedy Ann's Joyful Songs (1937) words and illustrations by Johnny Gruelle, music by Chas. Miller

  • Raggedy Ann in the Magic Book (1939) written by Johnny Gruelle, illustrated by Worth Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and the Laughing Brook (1940) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and the Golden Butterfly (1940) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and the Hoppy Toad (1940)

  • Raggedy Ann Helps Grandpa Hoppergrass (1940) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann Goes Sailing (1941)

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman (1942) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and Betsy Bonnet String (1943) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and Andy (1944)

  • Raggedy Ann in the Snow White Castle (1946)

  • Raggedy Ann's Adventures (1947)

  • Raggedy Ann and the Slippery Slide (1947)

  • Ragged Ann's Mystery (1947)

  • Raggedy Ann and Marcella's First Day At School (1952)

  • Raggedy Ann's Merriest Christmas (1952) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Andy's Surprise (1953)

  • Raggedy Ann's Tea Party (1954)

  • Raggedy Ann's Secret (1959)

  • Raggedy Ann and the Golden Ring (1961)

  • Raggedy Ann and the Hobby Horse (1961) by Johnny Gruelle

  • Raggedy Ann and the Happy Meadow (1962)

  • Raggedy Ann and the Wonderful Witch (1961)

  • Raggedy Ann and the Tagalong Present (1971)

  • Raggedy Andy's Treasure Hunt (1973)

  • Raggedy Ann's Cooking School (1974)

  • Raggedy Granny Stories (1977) by Doris Thorner Salzberg