Raggedy Ann: A Brief History

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Raggedy Ann, the rag doll with red yarn for hair, was created in 1915 by children's book author Johnny Gruelle for his daughter Marcella.

In 1918, the first Raggedy Ann book written by Gruelle, Raggedy Ann Stories, was published. The Raggedy Ann doll could be purchased along with the book. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories, came out in 1920 and introduced her brother, Raggedy Andy. Both the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls are still popular today among both children and collectors.

Since the birth of Raggedy Ann, many more books have been published, a comic book was released, and there was even a TV show, "The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy", which ran from 1988 to 1992. Almost one hundred years after her creation, Raggedy Ann was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002, and she remains to be a beloved doll to many today.

To learn more about Raggedy Ann and her brother, visit Raggedy Land.

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