Raggedy Ann Dolls South Elgin IL

Raggedy Ann, together with her brother Raggedy Andy, created by Johnny Gruelle, is a fictional character with red yarn hair. Read on to learn more about Raggedy Ann dolls in South Elgin, IL and gain access to Raggedy Ann Christmas dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy certificate dolls boxed sets, Raggedy Ann graduation dolls, Raggedy Ann wooden dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy Russian Nesting dolls, and many more.

B & G Train World
(847) 888-2646
829 Walnut Avenue
Elgin, IL
 
B&G Train
(847) 888-2646
829 Walnut Avenue
Elgin, IL
 
Reynauld's Euro-Imports
(630) 262-0771
227 South Third Street
Geneva, IL
 
Choo Choo Connection
(847) 882-7728
1228 North Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL
 
Reynaulds Euro Imports, Inc
(630) 365-6340
122 N Main Street
Elburn, IL
 
Rails Unlimited
(847) 697-5353
126 Will Street
Elgin, IL
 
HobbyTown USA
(630) 587-1256
Main Street Commons
St. Charles, IL
 
HobbyTown USA
(847) 490-0900
Schaumburg Marketplace
Schaumburg, IL
 
Marbles - The Brain Store
(801) 557-8736
Woodfield Mall D307
Schaumburg, IL
 
West Suburban Model Railroad ...
(708) 897-2867
106 South Lincolnway Suite E
North Aurora, IL
 

Raggedy Ann Rules

Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 22:43

September 2010   marks the 95th birthday of an American icon who has inspired, entertained, and taught us to love, laugh, and persist for several generations. No, I’m not chatting about Betty White—though that spry golden girl has been everywhere of late, spreading her message to live life to the fullest. Instead, I’m saluting “Raggedy Ann,” the cloth creation that was awarded its patent on Sept. 7, 1915.

Raggedy Ann is one of those slices of Americana that just always seemed to be there. If you had told me that the yarn-haired miss made her debut during the Civil War, I would have believed you. She is an antique collectible that doesn’t appear to belong to any particular time period or geographic locale. If I had to describe her, I’d simply say “nostalgic.”

What’s interesting to me about Miss Ann is that her birthday, quickly coming up to 100, is happening during a time when her bold head of hair, dowdy pinafore, striped stockings and clunky shoes make her both a throwback clotheshorse and a very groovy chick. She could be the brainchild of a dollmaker plying her craft today on the Deviant Art board !

Before the literary punk Lisbeth Salander caused a stir in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise, Raggedy already had a heart embroidered on her fabric chest. I don’t know about you, but to me, that equals a doll tattoo. Pretty cutting-edge for your great-grandma’s playmate.

Taken in a certain light, Raggedy is a heck of a steam-punk goddess. As a matter of fact, her primitive face, which looks a bit like a makeover a la Dr. Frankenstein, is the harbinger of “Sally,” the ethereal and macabre heroine of Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Sally and her paramour, Jack Skellington, are the “Lucy and Desi” of the steam-punk movement. They are dapper and goth; makeshift in their appearance and mesmerizing in their allure.“Raggedy Ann and her companion/brother, Raggedy Andy, are likewise pretty sharp in their primary-colored togs and their eerily wide-eyed view of the world.

Raggedy Ann first appeared when artist Johnny Gruelle created a brand-new face for an old cloth doll that had been unearthed in the family’s attic—some experts say that Johnny stumbled upon it in his mother’s upstairs crawl space; others say his daughter, Marcella, found it while playing beside her grandma’s steamer trunks. Marcella and her father were extremely close, and the cartoonist would often regale his child with outlandish stories involving the fearless and sweet Ann. In 1915, when she was 13, Marcella Gruelle was vaccinated at school for small pox. She mysteriously passed away after this event, and her dad was devastated. Doctors said she died from heart failure; Gruelle maintained it was because of the vaccination, which he did not authorize. (Throughout his life afterward, Johnny Gruelle was a vocal opponent of childhood vacc...

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