Oldest Known Rag Doll

Do you know about the oldest known rag doll?

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Laura fans have  a special spot in their hearts for rag dolls. Laura’s Charlotte doll is an important touchstone in the series and a Charlotte doll is often an

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early addition to any Laura Ingalls Wilder collection ranking right up there with a set of the books themselves and a bonnet. For a long time I held off on collecting Laura or Charlotte dolls because you can’t collect everything and this was one whole category I could just not collect. Then I started the Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll program and the Rubicon was crossed. A recent purchase was this ragdoll kit from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa which explains in the accompanying information about the oldest known rag doll (the link shows both the kit and includes the information). http://www.historicalfolktoys.com/catcont/4715.html

I was intrigued and looked for more information on Bangwell…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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