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!