Vintage 20 inch Raggedy Ann Doll

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  • Del and Phyllis Piper, of Lexington, sold a collection of Raggedy Ann dolls during the third annual Morrow County Harvest Festival at the SAGE Center.

    One can only guess how many expressions of appreciation we need to hear before we believe in our own worth. A hundred? A thousand? Three or four a day? Who knows. Yet no matter how much people affirm us – Marilyn Monroe surely had as many fans as anybody else – there is always the lingering doubt that people have not yet known us truly. If only they could see all my facets, we reason, the admiration would crumble like sand. If only they could see past the smiles, giggles, waving of skirts and of hair, and could see inside her, feared Marilyn, they would discover a raggedy ann doll. Despite all captivating appearances, the source of information about who we really are, the solid truth about our worth, the verdict of appreciation of someone who has seen all our mysteries and depths, is to be found elsewhere. We appreciate the nice compliments along the way, yet we long for a true judge’s voice.

  • Marilyn Monroe had a disturbing dream in 1955. She recollects in fragmented sentences how her psychoanalyst and her acting teacher had her in an operation room, and started to open her up like surgeons. “They cut me open … and there is absolutely nothing there – Strasberg is deeply disappointed but even more – academically amazed that he had made such a mistake. He thought there was going to be so much – more than he had ever dreamed possible in almost anyone but instead there was absolutely nothing – devoid of every human living feeling thing – the only thing that came out was so finely cut sawdust – like out of a ragged ann doll.” To Marilyn, the conclusion her psychoanalyst reached in the dream was obvious: “The patient (pupil – or student – I started to write) existing of complete emptiness.”

    Raggedy Ann is a created by American writer (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book . When a doll was marketed with the book, the concept had great success. A sequel, (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy.


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  • Kylan received a package in the mail today from Gigi. It was a Raggedy Ann doll and an outfit with Raggedy Ann on it as well. She immediately fell in love with her new "baby doll" and spent the rest of the afternoon swinging her, playing with her, reading to her, etc. Thank you, Gigi!

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Most of us were working away silently until the boy next to me asked if I saw it, too. I turned to see what he meant and saw directly behind him -- the Raggedy Ann doll. He asked again, addressing the entire class, "Did you guys see it, too?" Just then I had the worst scare I have ever had in my entire life: the doll turned its head and looked at us.