RAGGEDY ANN AND MORE: JOHNNY GRUELLE'S DOLLS AND MERCHANDISE
Written by Patricia Hall
Pelican Publishing Company, 2000
Hardcover w/dust jacket / 176 pages / 8½" x 11"
183 color and b&w illustrations
Appendices / Bibliography / Charts / Index / Sidebars
Audience: Young adult-adult
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Little did Johnny Gruelle dream, when he first created the floppy, funny dolls he called Raggedy Ann and Andy, that they would come to spawn an entire playthings industry. This comprehensive book, a companion volume to Johnny Gruelle Creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy and Raggedy Ann and Johnny Gruelle: A Bibliography of Published Works, is an readable, illustrated chronicle of the amazing Gruelle/Raggedy merchandising phenomenon.
Using company and historical documents, the author traces Gruelle's famous rag doll from her beginning as a minor generic character in a comic strip, to her serendipitous entry, along with her rag brother Andy, into the commercial toy and children's book markets. The book tracks the whimsical rag-doll duo through numerous variations, as their images and personae become immortalized as dolls and storybook characters, on merchandise ranging from clothing to building blocks to dishes, and as stars of songs, movies, and dramatic productions.
Because Gruelle's ever-evolving merchandise reflected changes in American society, there is a profound sense of history in Raggedy Ann and More-of a world experiencing the social effects of industrialization, world wars, and the Great Depression. In many ways, Gruelle's characters, stories, and illustrations reflect the essence of the American Dream.
Collectors, researchers, and casual readers alike will enjoy Raggedy Ann and More-for its in-depth but accessible text, invaluable price guide, informational sidebars and charts, and hundreds of photos, many of which have never before been published.
"Patricia Hall has compiled an exhaustive, authoritative, and accessible catalogue that will prove an essential reference for the collector and dealer in Raggedy Ann dolls and memorabilia with its up-to-date price guide. Raggedy Ann And More is equally recommended to those nostalgic readers who will deeply enjoy the informative and knowledgeable text enhanced throughout with hundreds of photos, many of which are here published for the first time."
-Midwest Book Review
"Patricia Hall is the nation's leading expert on Johnny Gruelle and Raggedy Ann. This book should be a valuable tool for collectors, curators, and historians and great fun for general readers."
G. Rollie Adams
President and CEO
"This book has the "Hall"mark of great research, fine writing, and insight inspired by passion."
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