Updated September 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ ~ Exposition ~ ~
~ Doll & Toy Manufacturers ~
1934 - 1935
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
The Exposition Doll & Toy Mfg. Co. began making Raggedy Ann dolls
in late 1934, after Volland stopped producing the dolls for Gruelle
...and before Georgene Novelties began!
They changed the look of the Volland's crude home-crafted playthings to Magical looking little beings!
Ann's was given a dramatic top-knot , and her new facial features
with her shorter-wider little nose were designed to look as though Ann
had jumped right out off the pages of Johnny Gruelle's "Whitman" fairytale storybooks.
Ann's eyes were drawn on with little pie-shaped wedges to make them look just like Gruelle's Storybook illustrations.
The doll measured 18 1/2 ", she was made entirely of a peach colored cotton.
The stripes of her legs reached all the way up to her cute little "bum",
and her arms and legs had no joints at elbow or knees.
Her new wool "wig" was changed to a colorful "magenta".
Her dress was a pale blue with pink-and-white sprigs and dots, had long sleeves set into the bodice, and a full skirt.
The apron and pantaloons were made of a gauzy cotton fabric,
and were trimmed with either blue or white finishing or bias tape.
This trim was used at the dress's collar and wrists, on the apron straps
and across the top of the ruffle and at the pantaloons cuffs.
The Exposition Ann had forward facing feet, (a dramatic change from Volland's side-facing feet)
and she wore removeable little black felt Mary-Jane shoes.
These dolls had no hearts, wore a triangular hang-tag,
and a cloth label sewn to the outside of the skirt's hem which read:
MY NAME IS
Trade Mark Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. No. 10739
Exposition Doll & Toy Mfg. stopped producing the dolls by 1936 and never created a matching Andy.
Since the Exposition Ann was made for such a short time,
an "Original" is very hard to find.
I have had lots of suggestions that I re-create this version of Raggedy Ann
To See My own "RE-CREATION " of
Exposition Raggedy Ann
Inspired by Johnny Gruelle' s Illustrations and the "Original" Exposition Ann
Great attention to detail has been given to "re-create" this adorable
Raggedy Character doll.
You will definitely want to add her to your Collection !
Here are a few more pictures of "Original" "Exposition Anns"
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.
Click on each picture to ENLARGE !!