Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls - Years of Production:
Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls were produced from 1936 to 1960. The dolls were painted bisque from 1936 to 1945, bisque with plastic arms in 1946 and 1947 and hard plastic from 1947 to 1960. The dolls are again today in production in limited amounts for collectors.
Sizes of Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls:
Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls range in size from 3.5" to 7".
About Production of Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls:
Nancy Ann Abbott was the creator of the Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls. With her partner Les Rowland, she created Nancy Ann Dressed Doll Company in 1936 which became the Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, Inc. company in 1945. The company also produced Hush A Bye Baby dolls in the 1930s, the large (18") Nancy Ann Style Show dolls in the 1950s and also the very popular 8" Muffie dolls in the 1950s.
More About Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls:
These dolls were often collected by little girls in series--Around the World, Days of the Week, Seasons, Mother Goose Rhymes. The dolls were often "collected" by little girls (as opposed to played with) and so many of them survive today with their boxes and wrist tags intact. Therefore, dolls that have been played with, without their boxes or tags, are valued at a considerable discount today.
Many, many versions of a particular doll (such as "Portuguese" or "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary) were made throughout the years, so minor changes in fabric or trim can determine the rarity of a doll. Earlier dolls are more prized--those with jointed legs and "pudgy tummies" are favored by today's collectors.