Attention: Raggedy Ann Lovers!

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Raggedy Ann in red

This is my Raggedy Ann.  I’ve had her forever.  I don’t even remember when I got her, but I must’ve been pretty little.  I carried her around with me a lot.  My older brother once built a fort out in our backyard.  It was so cool! I loved going inside to play by myself.  Nobody could see me or bother me!  Once, I went inside and laid  down with my Raggedy Ann doll.  It was summer time, so it was warm and very peaceful.  I fell asleep for a while, and when I woke I got up and went outside leaving my Raggedy Ann doll inside!  Well, it took weeks for me to remember where I’d left her and by the time I found her she had suffered some damage.  She smelled of mildew and had a few spots on her, plus she had a streak in her hair where several strands of yarn were shades lighter than her original color! 

Some time during the early 1980’s I thought I’d make my Raggedy Ann a new dress to replace the one that got spoiled in my brother’s fort.  This is a no-no to avid doll collectors.  You never get rid of the original clothing!  It makes the doll much less valuable on the market.  But at the time I didn’t know that, so I took her original dress apart and used it as a pattern to make the dress she is wearing now.  I believe her original dress was a blue patterned fabric.  As you can see she is now wearing a dress with my favorite colors in it.  Much better, don’t you think? 

Ann spends most of her time in my cedar chest.  She gets to come out once in a while to be admired by other doll enthusiasts.  But the cedar keeps her safe and preserved, so she can go on being great forever!

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