A vintage Raggedy Ann doll from the early 1960's. She is in decent shape, no tears, holes, or splits that I can find. Her face and arms are faintly dirty. Her clothes are yellowed with age and very wrinkled. Her hair is all there and in place. Her dress is an orange, yellow, tan, and green floral print. Her chest sports the signature heart that says "I love you". She is really a good example of an early 1960's girl's toy.
My own daughter had a Raggedy Ann doll but didn’t much play with it. I think perhaps she picked up on my ambivalence about those books I’d read as a kid. Or maybe she just liked breasty old Barbie better than a limp candy-hearted friend. Whatever the truth of the connections between Raggedy Ann and Marcella Gruelle and her heartbroken father, it’s a strange tale — and a reminder, like the WSJ piece, of how far back the anti-vaccine movement reaches into the past.
In 1921, Johnny Gruelle’s 8-yr old daughter was vaccinated in school
without her parents’ permission. Between the time she became ill from the
vaccination and her death a few months later, her body was completely
limp, like a rag doll. It was this sick vaccine-injured child that
inspired Gruelle to create the Raggedy Ann doll.
Gruelle gave his daughter Marcella a dusty, faceless rag doll which she found in the attic. He drew a face on the doll and named her Raggedy Ann. Marcella played with the doll so much, Gruelle figured other children would like the doll too. Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann doll was dated September 7, 1915. In 1918, the PF Volland Company published Raggedy Ann Stories. Gruelle then created a series of popular Raggedy Ann books and dolls. …
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