Raggedy Ann, a fictional character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880 - 1938). The original creation was for his very ill daughter Marcella by drawing the face on one of her old hand-made rag dolls to make her smile.
Dolls were made with and without permission up until the death of Johnny Gruelle in 1938. His widow Myrtle Gruelle then authorized Georgene Novelties, Inc. to begin producing the dolls.
This doll is a Georgene (1938 to 1962) and named for designer Madame Georgene of Georgene Novelties...
I have an obsession with Raggedy Anns and have the complete collection of vintage books written by Johnny Gruelle! Thousands of all kinds of dolls have been marketed since 1915 but Raggedy Ann is still well known and is symbol of Love!