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Raggedy Ann is a character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. When a doll was marketed with the book, the concept had great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy.


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Johnny Gruelle biographer and Raggedy Ann historian Patricia Hall notes that the dolls have

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...found themselves at the center of several legend cycles — groups of stories that, while containing kernels of truth, are more myth than they are history. What makes this even more intriguing is that fact that Johnny Gruelle, either unwittingly or with the great sense of humor he was known for, initiated many of these legends, a number of which are continuously repeated as the factual history of Raggedy Ann and Andy.

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Hall notes that according to oft-repeated myth, Gruelle's daughter Marcella brought from her grandmother's attic a faceless doll on which the artist drew a face, and that Gruelle suggested that Marcella's grandmother sew a shoe button for a missing eye. He then combined the names of two James Whitcomb Riley poems, "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphant Annie" and suggested calling the doll Raggedy Ann. Hall says the date of this supposed occurrence is given as early as 1900 and as late as 1914, with the locale variously given as suburban Indianapolis, Indiana, downtown Cleveland, Ohio, or rural Connecticut. In reality, as Gruelle's wife Myrtle told Hall that it was Johnny who retrieved a long-forgotten, homemade rag doll from the attic of his parents' Indianapolis home sometime around the turn of the 20th century. As Myrtle Gruelle recalled, "There was something he wanted from the attic. While he was rummaging around for it, he found an old rag doll his mother had made for his sister. He said then that the doll would make a good story."

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The couple's daughter, Marcella, had not yet been born when Gruelle found the doll, Myrtle Gruelle continued. Johnny Gruelle "kept [the doll] in his mind until we had Marcella. He remembered it when he saw her play [with] dolls. ... He wrote the stories around some of the things she did. He used to get ideas from watching her."

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Additionally, Gruelle did not create Raggedy Ann as a tribute to his daughter following her death at 13 from an infected vaccination; Hall notes his patent application for the doll was already in progress, and the artist received final approval by the U.S. Patent office the same month as Marcella's death. Nonetheless, that myth led the anti-vaccination movement to adopt Raggedy Ann as a symbol, though Marcella died from an infected vaccination, not from the side effects of the vaccination itself.

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Raggedy Ann dolls were originally handmade. Over 75,000 dolls were made for Volland, a Gruelle book publisher, by the Non-Breakable Toy Co. of Muskegon, Michigan. between 1918 and 1926. Later, PF Volland made the dolls. In 1935 Volland ceased operation and Ann and Andy were made under Gruelle's permission by Exposition Dolls, and without permission (during legal limbo) by MollyE's Dolls, resulting in Gruelle v (Mollye) Goldman.


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  • P.F. Volland Co. 1920-1934
  • Exposition doll and Toy Co. 1934-mid 1935 (less than 1 yr. production RARE)
  • MollyE's Doll Outfitters (without permission) 1935-1938
  • Georgene Novelties 1938-1962
  • Knickerbocker Toy Co. 1963-1982
  • Applause Toy Co./Russ Berrie 1983-2011
  • Hasbro/Playskool 1983–Present (Master License)
  • Aurora World Inc. 2012–present (exclusive plush doll license)
  • Simon and Schuster (books and other media) - Present
  • Sewing patterns for homemade Raggedy Ann dolls

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  • 1940 McCall's Pattern #820 first appeared for a 19-in. dolls, Ann doll comes with cape pattern
  • 1945? McCall's Pattern #914 for Awake/Asleep dolls plus camel with the wrinkled knees
  • 1958 McCall's Pattern #820 appeared with a slightly modified pattern for both dolls
  • 1963 McCall's Pattern #6941 Ann pattern has lost her cape, dolls now come in 3 sizes
  • 1970 McCall's Pattern #2531 Dolls come in 3 sizes but simplified pattern and different hair and face embroidery pattern, loss of button eyes
  • 1980? new McCall's Pattern # 7131 for 36in dolls plus apron child can wear
  • 1977 McCall's Pattern #5713 identical as previous #2531 pattern, different cover
  • 1982 McCall's Pattern #8077 re-issue of previous patterns with new cover, with dolls with different hair color
  • McCall's has continued to produce identical #2531 patterns with only a change in cover design. Simplicity Patterns released a licensed doll pattern for a different design doll that included all four sizes in the late 1990s.


    Many subsequent books were published and the characters made their way into other media, including:


  • A series of theatrical animated Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios shorts:
  • Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941)
  • Suddenly It's Spring (1944)
  • The Enchanted Square (1947)
  • A 1977 animated feature, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, directed by Richard Williams. Raggedy Ann was drawn by Tissa David, who became one of the first women to animate a leading character in an animated feature film.
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (1978) a Christmas television special directed by Chuck Jones
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (1979) a Halloween television special also directed by Chuck Jones
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees was adapted into an episode of the animated anthology series CBS Storybreak
  • A 1988–1992 animated television series, The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • Other Media

  • A comic book published by Dell Comics.
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy (1981) a stage play adapted from the 1977 film by screenwriter Patricia Thackray.
  • Raggedy Ann: The Musical Adventure (1986), a Broadway musical by songwriter Joe Raposo and playwright William Gibson.
  • While Simon & Schuster and Hasbro claim to own trademarks to the Raggedy Ann and/or Raggedy Ann and Andy names, the original 1915 doll design and 1918 and 1920 books are in the public domain, their copyrights having expired.

    In 2012 Hasbro signed Aurora World for a new line of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy plush dolls.

    In 1984, a Raggedy Ann balloon debuted at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, flying for two years. It returned in 2016.

    The ostensibly cursed Annabelle doll is a Raggedy Ann doll.


    Many books were released and credited to Johnny Gruelle after his death, regardless of who wrote and illustrated them. Ethel Hays illustrated most of the Saalfield Publishing Company stories published from 1944.

  • 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)
  • Raggedy 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 (1961)
  • 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
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy's Grow and Learn Library A collection of 20 books published by Lynx, each story contains a lesson, such as maintaining friendship when someone moves away or why parents must go to work. Raggedy Ann and Andy live in Marcella's playroom with many other toys like Babette the French doll, Raggedy dog, The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, Sunny Bunny, Bubbles the Clown, Tim the Toy Soldier and more.

  • 1. Sunny Bunny Comes Home
  • 2. Little Bear's Problem
  • 3. Sam Lamb Moves Away
  • 4. Raggedy Dog to the Rescue
  • 5. What Can a Camel Do?
  • 6. Babette's Scary Night
  • 7. A Very Close Call
  • 8. Grouchy Bear's Parade
  • 9. The Box of Tricks
  • 10. Raggedy Dog's Bone
  • 11. The Jack-In-The-Box
  • 12. Play Ball
  • 13. The Play in the Attic
  • 14. Raggedy Dog Learns to Share
  • 15. Raggedy Andy's Perfect Party
  • 16. The Sleepover
  • 17. The Birthday Surprise
  • 18. Bubbles Goes to the Fair
  • 19. Tim's Big Adventure
  • 20. A Parent's Guide to Raggedy Ann and Andy's Grow and Learn Library
  • Gruelle's home town, Arcola, Illinois, is the former home of the annual Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival and the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum. The museum was closed and the festival discontinued in 2009. Some of the museum's contents were donated to The Strong National Museum of Play. Other parts of the collection are in Arcola at Rockome Gardens theme park. On March 27, 2002, Raggedy Ann was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.


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