When illustrator and cartoonist Johnny Gruelle’s terminally ill daughter, Marcella, found a faded rag doll in her grandmother’s attic, he painted a new, smiling face on the toy. Naming it Raggedy Ann after two poems by his friend James Whitcomb Riley, “The Raggedy Man” and “Orphan Annie,” he made up a series of stories around this character to entertain his only child, who loved to spend hours playing dolls.

After her death in 1916, Gruelle wrote and illustrated 25 storybooks based on those tales. Responding to the series’ popularity, in 1918, Gruelle and his family made several dozen dolls to sell with the books, and later that year, Gruelle licensed the publisher, the P.F. Volland Company, to manufacture the dolls based on his 1915 patent for an all-cloth doll with shoe-button eyes, a painted face, brown yarn hair, a dress, pantaloons, a pinafore, stripped legs, and black cloth shoes.

Soon after the dolls were sold, Gruelle received a package from a childhood playmate of his mother, who explained that their mothers had made a pair of boy-and-girl companion dolls for their two children. In the package, she had sent him Raggedy Ann’s “twin brother,” Andy, and soon the family started to license dolls of Raggedy Andy and other characters from the books, including Beloved Belindy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, as well as coloring books, puzzles, and games. All are hot collectors’ items today.

It is rumored that the original P.F. Volland dolls had a real candy heart, but after parents complained the candy was switched out with a cardboard heart. Mollye Goldman was the first, in 1935, to produce the dolls with an “I Love You” heart imprinted on the chest.


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WOODTV.com, August 31st

Eighties metal band Quiet Riot is the headliner for this year's Middle of the Mitt Music Festival on September 19. The event also features Davey Pattison of the rock band Gamma and some Michigan bands like Sahara Steel, Dies to Rise, and Raggedy Ann...Read more

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Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers, August 30th

Cindy Gruelle Goho, of Mohrsville, is the great-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of the original Raggedy Ann doll. Goho and her husband, Rick, who have an extensive collection of Raggedy Ann dolls, memorabilia and vintage toys from the 1930s...Read more

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Lavender Magazine, August 30th

It's cringe-worthy: the wooden building blocks, the Raggedy Ann and Andy, giant puzzle pieces, worn-down crayons, and used Disney-themed coloring books — it's demeaning. The way they speak to me here — they, those glorified guidance counselors ...Read more

Next Ripley book spotlights Florida oddities
Orlando Sentinel (blog), August 28th

Other Florida tales include snake pizza from Fort Myers, a man whose hand was bitten off by an alligator, a Tampa woman who has thousands of Raggedy Ann dolls and two men who took 355 selfies with 355 different people in one hour on South Beach...Read more

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WISH-TV, August 25th

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As the city continues to deal with this recent wave of violence, it's now turning its focus on abandoned homes. The Department of Public Safety says the homes become a hot bed for violence. The city says it wants to demolish 300 ...Read more

Museum planning Raggedy Ann Tea Party for art walk
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, August 4th

The Fort Ball Room was near capacity Saturday for the Seneca County Museum's Summer Luncheon Program. The Seneca County Historical Society is celebrating its 100th year in 2015, and wanted to provide a topic that coincides with historical events from ...Read more

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MLive.com, July 2nd

Muskegon County residents take a look at world-renowned doll, Raggedy Ann and Andy art installations for a celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the making of Raggedy Ann at a site located between the Muskegon Farmers Market and the ...Read more