The original U.S. Patent D47789 for the 1915 doll design, as well as the novels Raggedy Ann Stories (1918) and Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), are now in the public domain, as their copyrights have expired. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls, as well as associated ephemera, have become popular collectibles.
Johnny Gruelle, a commercial illustrator, developed the Raggedy Ann figure in 1915. Gruelle recognized an opportunity and swiftly licensed P.F. Volland to create dolls of Ann and her brother Andy. Volland dolls are now valued up to $3,000 and can be identified by the cardboard heart inside that can be felt. Ann has been collected by children and adults for nearly 100 years.
Raggedy Ann has become so popular that she has spawned other products such as lunch boxes, stuffed animals, and even car accessories. In fact, the Raggedy Ann brand has become so popular that it is still owned by Volland today. No one knows how much Johnny Gruelle's first Raggedy Ann doll is worth but experts speculate that it is worth at least several hundred dollars.
In conclusion, the original Raggedy Ann doll is worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars today. She has become so popular that there are now Raggedy Ann-related products available for sale all over the world.
Andy Dolls and Raggedy Ann. What is the value of a Raggedy Ann doll? They can be valued up to $500. Johnny Gruelle, the dolls' inventor, preferred cartooning to dolls. Before his death in 1938, he wrote some Raggedy Ann and Andy novels, which are now worth $50 to $100. In 2004, an auction house sold a novel for $45,000.
Raggedy Ann first appeared in 1933 as a paper doll created by Johnny Gruelle. The original Raggedy Ann was discontinued in 1971. However, several other Raggedy Ann dolls have since been produced. One model, "Gruelle's Ghostly Gallery Raggedy Ann," features movable eyes and eyelids so that it can display any facial expression desired. It is priced at about $200. A second model, "Raggedy Ann," is simply styled with no accessories. She costs about $40.
So, a Raggedy Ann doll is worth $40-$500. There are many others brands of paper dolls out there too, such as Dolly Dimple Dickie, Little Audrey, and Sweet Polly Oliver. You could spend hours searching for them in antique stores or on eBay. I've seen some sell for over $1000!
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Raggedy Ann Stories was published by the PF Volland Company in 1918. Gruelle went on to produce a famous series of Raggedy Ann novels and dolls... However, according to the DollKind doll-history website, neither tale is entirely accurate. Johnny Gruelle had a daughter called Marcella, who died when she was thirteen, not eight. And Raggedy Ann was actually created for the American Girl line of toys, which came out three years after Gruelle's first publication date.
However, there are similarities between the stories that may have inspired Gruelle to create Raggedy Ann. Ann was created by Mary Gail Pettitt who wanted to make a doll that children would love to play with. She chose an old rag doll and added clothes and a name. Like Raggedy Ann, she too had come from a family of farmers who lived near a small town. When Mary's father saw what she wanted to create he told her it was too hard for a woman to raise money so he bought the rights to Ann and let Mary publish her own version of events later.
Gruelle may also have been influenced by another popular doll named Raggedy Andy. He was created in 1914 by Elizabeth Garrett and was meant to be played with instead of worn like a toy soldier. Unlike Ann who was yellow, Andy was red.
Another possible inspiration for Gruelle could be Clara Benedict.
According to legend, Johnny Gruelle's daughter Marcella handed him an old rag doll one day in 1915. He sketched a face on the faded fabric and gave the doll the name Raggedy Ann. In 1918, Gruelle, a cartoonist and artist, published a children's book about Raggedy Ann. The book was so popular that it spawned several more stories about Ann that have been printed over the years. In 1974, Raggedy Ann made her debut in a television special that aired on CBS. The show was so successful that it led to the creation of a series about Ann called Raggedy Andy. The characters have appeared in many other books and products since then.
Raggedy Ann has become a cultural icon. Her image appears on merchandise such as t-shirts, posters and even skateboards. In 1992, Raggedy Ann became part of the collection at the New York Public Library. She has also been featured on U.S. postage stamps in 1995 and 1996 and she has been declared an official national treasure by Congress.
In conclusion, Raggedy Ann is a legendary doll who has inspired many stories and products over the years. She has become a cultural icon related to childhood and nostalgia.
Donna, a student nurse, received an old Raggedy Ann doll as a birthday present from her mother in 1970. She returned the doll to her little apartment, which she shared with her roommate, and laid it on her bed, never thinking about it again. Years later, when Donna was preparing to move out of her apartment, she discovered that the doll was still there.
Donna's mother told her that when they bought a new house, they would have to throw out all the old stuff in the garage so they didn't have to pay to have it hauled away. Knowing this, Donna's mother threw out the doll, hoping it would be gone when she got home from work. But her mother was wrong; the doll had been sitting in the garage for years. When Donna saw what had happened, she decided not to throw out the doll but to give it to her daughter instead.
Donna called her mom right after she gave the doll to her and told her that she should keep it because it meant so much to her. Her mother said she knew but asked if there was anything else she could use the money for since they were moving out of their apartment anyway.
Donna replied that there wasn't anything else except for maybe getting herself a car one day. Her mother told her not to worry about it but promised to send some money her next paycheck.