• 2016 - A Look Back

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    2016 - A Look Back
    2016 was a whirlwind of a year, and we had our own momentous events throughout.  One of the highlights of the year was the launching of our very own blog right here, and we couldn't be more excited to see where this year of 2017 will take us. Before we start the next step, however, we wanted to take a look back on our...
  • Raggedy Ann's 100 Years as one of America's Most Famous Dolls

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    Raggedy Ann's 100 Years as one of America's Most Famous Dolls
    Over 100 years ago back in 1915, Raggedy Ann was first patented and released by Johnny Gruelle, a now famous cartoonist, illustrator, and author. More than just a doll, Raggedy Ann (and later her brother, Raggedy Andy) were put into a multitude of stories written by Gruelle and became extremely well known characters throughout the United States.  What is interesting, however, is the fact...
  • A Short History of the Signature Plush "Teddy" Bear Name and the Toy it Inspired

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    A Short History of the Signature Plush "Teddy" Bear Name and the Toy it Inspired
    The teddy bear today is an iconic representation of dolls, toys, and children in general. But how did the bear, out of all the animals in the world, rise to this prominent position? Many people are familiar with the fact that the teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt (who ironically was said to actually dislike being referred to as “Teddy”). The story...
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