Rag dolls age well! On September 7, Raggedy Ann turns 95 and she doesn't look much older than she did back in 1915, when "cartoonist, illustrator and storyteller" Johnny Gruelle drew a face on an old doll and gifted it to his daughter, Marcella. The toy gained fame when the artist created Andy and turned the brother and sister's adventures into a book series.
Between now and the beloved redhead's birthday, The Strong Museum of National Play in Rochester, NY is hosting a tribute to the soft doll that includes a permanent exhibit of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. The museum is also inviting fans to share their Raggedy Ann photos and memories in a digital scrapbook. To see how the simple doll has evolved, check out these photos.
To see more pics of the Raggedy Ann over the years, read more.
Photos Hasbro and its logo Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. All rights reserved. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy were created by Johnny Gruelle.