Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a blue and white clad rag doll with red yarn for hair. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her old friend and playmate, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.
Raggedy Ann has a heart on her chest that says "I love you." She has black shoe button eyes, pantaloons under her gingham dress and a white apron.