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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 blog posts. In this list, we look at some of the more popular topics, occurrences, and studies that we went over since our launch back in September 2016.     The Top 5 Animals that Make...

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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 that there are a large number of varying stories and legends regarding the origins of Raggedy Ann. Many of these stories have contributed to the overall legacy and spirit of Raggedy Ann, even though they may...

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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 of how this happened, however, is often inaccurate and filled with many false details. So what then, is the true story?   According to the Theodore Roosevelt Association, it all began when the Roosevelt was invited...

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