Updated September 2011
Not So RaggedyAcresTM
by Gayle Garbarino
Quality Collectible Treasures ~
~ Knickerbocker Toy Company ~
1963 - 1982
Designed and Created by Doll Artist -Gayle Garbarino ~
The KNICKERBOCKER TOY COMPANY was responsible for continuing the manufacture of these wonderful character dolls following the end of the Georgene era of Raggedies spanning some 20 years.
Although the Gruelle family seemed happy with the quality of Georgene Novelties product line....when their license came up for renewal they decided to go with the larger Knickerbocker company, which was already licensed to produce other Raggedy products during the period of time that Georgene had an exclusive license for the rag dolls.
Myrtle Gruelle felt they could better meet the growing demand for the rag dolls as well as other related merchandise.
Knickerbocker was also responsible for the beginning of overseas manufacturing as well as mass production of the dolls.
1963-1965 Knickerbocker Toy Company
Joy of the Toy, NY tags
15", 20" Ann and Andy- Joy of the Toy, New York tags -no rouge on cheeks. Hair a rusty color like Georgenes. Noses and mouths lose the curve Georgenes had and eye brows become thicker.
Ann's dress had different fabric variations. Andy also had a few different variations on his shirt. Dolls with these variations are extremely hard to find today.
Dolls during this period were also made with a windup music box placed inside the doll.
Knickerbocker Toy Company
Beloved Belindy - medium brown body; red shoes & (uniquely attached) red bandana; polka-dot dress yellow with white polka-dots skirt & red with white polka-dots for the bodice and sleeves; white apron trimmed & tied with green bias; white pantaloons.
Four versions were made, the most popular being the side-glancing eyes
Knickerbocker Toy Company
1978 Knickerbocker Toy Company 10 1/2 Raggedy Arthur -
the very sought after Yellow Dog-
made of a bright yellow synthetic velveteen fabric ; yellow looped ears under a tuft of red yarn hair; a red looped tail and a green patch on his little "bum".
He wore a black felt collar with a little green felt "button" dog tag.
His adorable facial features included small black button eyes; black stitched doggy grin, and a big black nose
1966-1982 Knickerbocker Toy Company
Knickerbocker was also responsible for creating the very sought after,RAGGEDY ARTHUR that Raggedy Collectors have come to LOVE.....and their own version of the wonderful BELOVED BELINDY and THE CAMEL w/WRINKLED KNEES.
I have chosen to make "reproductions" of only three of the Knickerbocker dolls....
Knickerbocker Beloved Belindy
Camel with the Wrinkled Knees
There are so many variations, that I have decided to reproduce Knickerbocker Ann & Andy dolls on a "Special Order" basis only.
1983-2005 Applause Co. and Hasbro Co.
Took the Reins
2005 - Present.....Russ Berrie
Here are just a few of "MY"
RE- PRODUCTION Knickerbocker Dolls.....
Click on image to ENLARGE.....Click on Link below picture to visit that Character's individual page.
To Learn more about ALL of the Raggedy Characters..............Click on their Link in the left-hand column.