Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Raggedy Ann Dolls - A Great Story and Giveaway

Update on 4/24/15 - This giveaway is now closed.  Read more about the winner and Raggedy Ann stories from people who read this post at my new post - Raggedy Ann 100th Anniversary Winner and More Stories


In February I featured the 100th Anniversary Raggedy Ann doll from Aurora  in my Toy Fair NY 15 favorites.  Now I am so excited to be offering this SET of three dolls as a giveaway. See the giveaway details at the end of this review.  To kickoff the review here are pictures of the dolls:


100th Anniversary Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann by Aurora
This  100th Anniversary “Stars and Stripes” Raggedy Ann doll sports “100th anniversary Raggedy Ann 1915-2015” embroidered onto her apron, a heart label and a folder with the history of Raggedy Ann.  This 16 inch doll is soft and very hugable.


100th Anniversary Raggedy Andy and Classic Raggedy Ann dolls
Here are two other anniversary dolls – 
Stars and Stripes Raggedy Andy with the 100th anniversary label on his sailor hat and the classic Raggedy Ann doll in a light blue dress.  Both of these dolls also have the 100th anniversary heart hangtag and history folder.

Mary Louise with the 100 Anniversary Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann
The toys I receive to review are usually given to a child. This set of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls is a little different.  First I have to say they are WONDERFUL!  They capture a time gone past and and put you in a "timeless frame of mind." You smile and want to hug them.  I just love them.  

My husband and I were looking at them on our kitchen table and he said you know these should go to someone who will really appreciate them.  Yes, but I didn’t think I knew anyone who fit that bill.  Fast forward less than a week and I was taking corned beef and cabbage to a 88 year old woman from our church. 

I walked into her home for the first time and it was covered with Raggedy Anns and Andys and memorabilia.   And so, of course, Mary Louise is the proud owner of this 100th anniversary doll.  

Mary Louise was so excited to receive this 100th anniversary Raggedy Ann doll and she hugged and admired her new treasure.  It is now the newest member of her collection.

She did lift her dress and check to see if she had a heart and indeed she does.  This one is authentic.  Verified by an expert.







Mary Louise checking all the details
 Mary Louise was also interested in the details in the history folder.  John Gruelle received a patent for the doll in 1915 and in 1918 he published the “Raggedy Ann Stories.”   As the folder says, these are "heirloom treasures to be passed along for generations to come.









Here are two Raggedy Ann books in Mary Louise’s collection – one is the original published in 1918 and the other was published in 1928.  They have been well read and are worn with love.  The pictures below include the publisher’s page and a page of the color illustrations of the book. You can still get the Raggedy Ann Stories at Amazon.

Do you believe these color illustrations in a 1918 publication of the Raggedy Ann stories?











Mary Louise took out some of her other special edition Raggedy Anns kept in boxes and you can tell that she is a proud - and more important - joyful collector.




These dolls will also be loved by a young child and they certainly are the type of doll that becomes a life long best friend.  I am keeping the 100th anniversary Raggedy Andy for my grandson due this summer.

Reviewing these Raggedy Ann dolls became more of a wonderful experience that just a review for me.  I must say that I have become a Raggedy Ann fan!  And now you have an opportunity to win all three dolls and start your own collection or give one to your own favorite doll collector.  Before I go to the giveaway details I have to thank Aurora Gifts for making my friend and I so very happy with these dolls. I have seldom been so happy when gifting a review item.


Giveaway Details
It is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email me with your email address at marion@grandmachronicles.com.  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.



1.      Leave a comment here on the blog 
     and/or

You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: April 22, 2015 at midnight. The winner will be selected using random.org.

 This item can be sent to US and Canadian addresses only.

Full Disclosure:  This review is completely my own opinion and I was not reimbursed for it.  I did receive review samples. 


You can also buy these items at Amazon:


87 comments:

Madonna said...

I used to have a Raggedy Ann that I loved. Thanks for bringing back those memories. :)

Madonna said...

I liked your page on Facebook

Amy Lovell said...

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! When I was younger my mum used to read us kids raggedy anne stories every night before bed. She made my childhood wonderful!

Amy Lovell said...

Liked your page on favebook as AMy Lovell

Big Sister said...

oh this is so neat- especially since i learned the history of these dolls !

kellyr78 said...

These dolls are so cute!
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Wanda Bergman said...

I love Raggedy Ann!!

Riki Jones said...

Thank you for this incredible giveaway! I love Raggedy Ann & would love to pass one on to my daughter!

Marion Conway said...

Hi All. I am not using one of those complicated giveaway tools so that you don't have 10-20 choices just to enter. HOWEVER, if you enter you MUST email me your email address or I will not be able to contact you if you are a winner.

Just send an email to marion@grandmachronicles.com with the name you used to post your comment and your email address.

Thanks,

Marion

BethElderton said...

How nice! I remember my own Raggedy dolls. Now it's time for my grand-daughter to have a set.
Mary Beth Elderton
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

lynn clayton said...

LIKED YOURE FB PAGE

lynn clayton said...

THANK YOU FOR THE GIVEAWAY I WOULD LOVE THIS

Karla S said...

oh how nice,thanks for the chance,,I Love Raggedy Ann!

Karla S said...

I like your facebook page also (Karla Sceviour)

Luminous Angel said...

Liked your FB page - and love these dolls! So many happy memories - thanks for reminding me! ;)

Crystal Gregg said...

I like you on FB

latanya t said...

Thanks for the chance to win

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latanya t said...

I like you on facebook

dlatany at gmail dot com

Judy C said...

Reminds me of the Raggedy Ann dolls that I had as a child and loved! (Judy Cowan)

Judy C said...

I liked your FB page as Judy Cowan

SAMPLE LOVING MOMMY OF 2 said...

awesome giveaway. my daughter loves ragedy ann

Aliza said...

I remember when I was little (in the 80's) everyone loved Raggedy Ann. My aunts made me a twin blanket that has Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and a pillowcase to match. To this day I have them and use them on my bed still. It brings back such good memories of my loving family.

Christine Topley said...

I had a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll when I was young. Sadly they became too raggedy. It was surprising to find out that Ann is celebrating her 100th Anniversary!! What a treat it would be to share my love of Ann with my granddaughter. I have emailed you my email address, liked your Facebook page and of course commenting and sharing (sharing is caring after all). Good Luck everyone :)

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I had a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll set that I loved very much growing up. I would love to win this for my girls to have their own. Thanks for the chance to win.

kathy dalton said...

i am 55 years old and had Raggedy Ann and Andy as a child These dolls are timeless

Heather W said...

Thank you for this beautiful background and the giveaway. My mom would love these. She is a military wife (my dad is now retired) and I am also now a proud military wife. Throughout all of our moves, somewhere my mom lost her beloved Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. The stars and stripe theme would be meaningful and my parents anniversary party is coming up in two weeks. I could not imagine adding this to the gift list! :) Thanks again.

Andrea said...

OMGosh I remember Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. I'm 41 now, but when I was little I had a big Raggedy Ann doll, and when I was 3 (I think i was 3) she dressed me in the doll's clothes for my Halloween costume (we were the same size!). My Mom also made me a Raggedy Ann bedspread that I used for years and years! Thanks for the chance! I don't know who would love this more, me or my Mom :D
andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

Chelsea White said...

These are absolutely adorable. I had both a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll as a child and I adored them..I'm sure these will find a sweet home! :) Thank you for a fun, sweet giveaway.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so in love!!!

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Stephanie LaPlante said...

I like you on facebook

Stephanie La Plante

stephy905@hotmail.com

Teresa Moore said...

I took my daughter to see the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum in Arcola, Illinois when we were visiting family. That was about 6 or 7 years ago. I think it is closed now. The grandaughter of the creator of the dolls, Joni signed a Raggedy Ann doll for my daughter. I remember my Raggedy Ann I had as a child.

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Melanie Borhi said...

Liked your Facebook page

Lynda Cook said...

Raggedy Ann brings back many memories, I had her and Andy growing up and loved them both!!

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

What a special and heartwarming story and giveaway! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

kathy dalton said...

i am a fanof The Grandma Chronicles on facebook as kathy cavanagh dalton

alexa said...

Hi Marion, thank you for sponsoring this awesome giveaway and for the opportunity to participate. I'm hoping that having my birthday on the closing date of your giveaway brings me good luck.

Racquelle Robinson said...

I used to have a raggedy Ann when I was little!

dorcontest said...

I have always love Raggyanne and andy.
I will just leave my email address here.
dorcontest at gmail dot com
Doreen lamoureux

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

I still have my old Raggedy Ann doll! I love these dolls!
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

john hutchens said...

I liked you on facebook. Raggedy Ann and Andy are such nostalgic dolls. Truly a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

Just Ricci said...

OMG! Seeing this post brought back a lot of memories! I had a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll set that I loved to pieces! I would love to win this for my daughter!

Jeffrey Raiffe said...

It would be great to win this prize for my niece.

a_ski25 said...

These would be great to have. We are big fans.

Rhonda G said...

I am and have always been a huge Raggedy Ann fan. I would love to introduce her to my granddaughters.

Rhonda G said...

I like you on Facebook.

Marilyn said...

I love Raggedy Ann Dolls... I have made many of them over the years. About 30 years ago when my 2 nieces were 2 and 3 years old I made them 3' tall dolls.

Ashley Alderink said...

I have a raggedy ann doll that my grandma gave me. love think they are so cute. I also liked the facebook page

Debbie Petch said...

I love these dolls! It brings back great memories.

Debbie Petch said...

I love Raggedy Ann!

MistressMarci said...

I was a huge Raggedy Ann fan as a child. I had the dolls & had a Raggedy Ann cake for my 8th birthday. I would love to win these. I don't know what happened to my childhood dolls :(

megan tilley said...

I remember having these dolls as a kid! I would love to get some for my little one!

Brenda White said...

Raggedy Ann brings me back to a happy childhood, thanks so much!

Kelly OMalley said...

I had a Raggedy Ann when I was a child and I loved it. Such a wonderful memory!

rebretta veasey said...

I love introducing my toddler girl to all of these wonderful toys I loved when I was young!

Betty S said...

I have liked your facebook page. I made Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls for my children, I hope to do the same for my grandchildren. Thank you for the chance

Greta said...

I have been collecting Raggedy Ann since I was 2 years old and now as a stay at home mom of 4, I make Raggedy Anns for friends and fellow collectors. Love hearing from other collectors! Thanks!

judybran said...

I liked on facebook

judybran said...

What a blast from the past, I love Raggedy Ann and Andy as a child.

blew415 said...

Super cute- love the doll

Krista Miller said...

Back in 1981 my mom handmade me a Raggedy Ann costume complete with yarn wig for Halloween (I was a big fan as a child). Lots of wonderful memories of reading the books when I was young. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurie Murley said...

These dolls are so beautiful I haven't seen anything like them in a long time

lmurley2014@yahoo.com

Laurie Murley said...

I like your facebook page

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Heather M said...

when I was a kid I had a holly hobby alarm clock - I remember the tune (if not the words) more than 3 decades later. I sometimes wish I had it now (and then I look up the prices on ebay haha)!

Heather M said...

I've also liked your page on facebook and emailed you. thanks for the chance!

cbusch said...

Childhood memories are flooding back. Thank you and I would love to win. - Also liked your FB page as Colleen Busch

Dawn Monroe said...

I remember Raggedy Ann from my childhood. I had a doll and book but mostly I rember my Raggedy Ann birthday cake when I was 8.

Darlene said...

I love raggedy ann dolls, I have had one since I was a little girl.

Darlene said...

I left a comment on the blog

Darlene said...

I Like The Grandma Chronicles facebook page

Dawn Schultz said...

My little brother and I had Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls growing up and we loved them! I can't believe they've been around 100 years already!

Dawn Schultz said...

I also liked your Facebook page.

marcia goss said...

I had a Raggedy Ann doll when I was little, and so did my daughter. I have a granddaughter now, and would love for her to have her very own.
marcia.goss@gmail.com

Josh Redlich said...

My step mom collects dolls. Would love to win these for her.

Josh Redlich said...

Would love to twin this for my step mom

Josh Redlich said...

Would love to win these for ym step mom

lissa crane said...

I had one of these adorable dolls as a child! What great memories this brings back!

lissa crane said...

I liked you on Facebook!

Jennifer Herman said...

I would like to win these - Nostalgic!

aaltw_515 said...

I remember having Raggedy Ann and Andy it was great and I would love to win and give her to my niece so she could have a wonderful memory with her also.
amy williams
sethandtjay@yahoo.com

Sue Hull said...

I'd love to win these for my granddaughter to give her on her 1st birthday next month. I've loved Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy since I was a little girl.Thank you for the chance :)
sue-hull64(at)comcast(dot)net

Sue Hull said...

I like you on FB as Sue Hull
sue-hull64(at)comcast(dot)net

MARY DIEHL said...

I always loved Raggedy Ann as a child and if I win, I will give her to my great niece. thank you

MARY DIEHL said...

I also like you on Facebook---Mary Diehl

Angela Saver said...

I grew up with Raggedy Ann & Andy! Great memories! Thanks for the chance!

andysavi.mom@gmail.com

John Herman said...

I like collecting collectibles and these would be great!

james jenkins said...

My mother had a raggedy ann from her childhood; usual "what happened to it".