Knickerbocker Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls

Due to the popularity of the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls of the 1940's and 1950's, the very established Knickerbocker Toy Co. of New York City began producing many non-doll items such as pajama bags, vinyl toys, puppets, sewing kits, etc. in 1960. Sales of these items increased the popularity of Raggedy Ann so much that Myrtle Gruelle decided to give Knickerbocker Co. (larger than Georgene) the exclusive rights to manufacture the Raggedy Ann dolls in 1962. This began an era that lasted until 1982. Almost every little girl during this period owned a Raggedy Ann doll! For the next twenty years, these dolls were mass produced in many different countries (Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia etc.). Sizes varied from 8" to very large 36". The most popular sizes were 15" and 18". I have enjoyed collecting the Anns with many different dress prints of the 1960's. Some of the very early dress prints are very hard to find. The Raggedy Anns of the 1970's had the very common pink, blue and green flowered print. The last Raggedys had a print that featured larger pink "rose" flowers. The first pictured Raggedy Ann and Andy are a pair from the early 1960's. The second pair features the very common dress print from the 1970's. My next article will feature pictures of some of the different early dress patterns.

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 01:27:26 PM in Dolls-from-the-1960s
janie

By janie

Comments

  • Nice summary covering Knickerbocker Toy Co. Inc. Raggedy Ann and Andy! I love your articles.

  • I was wondering if you could tell me about how much would a
    raggedy andy doll from the 1970 knickerbocker collection would go for? I could send you a picture of the item

  • my mom has the original ragged Ann and Andy dolls, same as you have posted in the pictures above. they are wrapped in plastic so they do not get damaged. we both were wondering how much these dolls are worth to a collector or just how they are? if you can please email me back at amymyers_23@yahoo.com

  • I, too have the dolls in the photo. They were loved, so the condition is not great, but they are still useful for playing with. Value? Thanks for your reply.
    carol.bussell@comcast.net

Add comment

Signin or Signup to comment