I was fortunate to be at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. for a few days last month and in a shop window, I saw these Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. It seemed so funny to see so many gathered in one spot!
I read that they were created by an American writer, Johnny Gruelle, in 1915 after his daughter, Marcella, brought him an old handmade doll and he drew a face on it. It inspired a book called "Raggedy Ann Stories" which was published in 1918. Her brother, Raggedy Andy, was introduced to the public in 1920 with the book "Raggedy Andy Stories". It appears that the characters are still fairly popular today!