NANCY ANN STORYBOOK DOLLS

 

The history of Nancy Ann Dolls began in 1936 when Nancy Ann Abbott started her doll-making venture. She is said to have started her company with $125, working from her apartment 16-18 hours per day. In 1937, she took a partner named Allan "Les" Rowland to handle the promotion and financial matters.  Nancy Ann Dressed Dolls was incorporated on February 23, 1937 in San Francisco, California. By 1942 the company claimed a $1 million gross yearly income, and in the 1950s top production of dolls reached 12,000 per day. In late 1945 the company's name was changed to Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls Inc.

 

The first dolls made were small 3¾-inch bisque baby dolls from the "Hush-a-Bye" collection with the doll bodies made in Japan. The 5-inch Storybook dolls began being produced in late 1936. Doll bodies began to be made in California in 1939. Artists painted the facial features, therefore, giving each doll its own special look. During the war years, the potteries made bisque cups, platters, and dishes for the Navy hospitals along with dolls.  The government felt the dolls were necessary for morale and demand for the dolls was high. Many dolls were sent by convoy to Hawaii where soldiers were able to buy the dolls and send them home to their loved ones.

 

By the late 1940s, the company was producing the largest doll volume in the nation. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, as Nancy Ann's health began to fail, the company's production also slowed. Nancy Ann Abbott, who had become known as "The Doll Lady" passed away in 1964. Les Rowland's health was also declining at that time, and a sale of the company was attempted, but was never consummated. In 1965, the company filed for bankruptcy.


Nancy Ann Storybook "Little Sister Goes to Play"

Nancy Ann Storybook "Flower Girl" SOLD

Nancy Ann Storybook "Little Sister Goes to Bed"

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

Nancy Ann "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

Nancy Ann Storybook "Little Betty Blue"

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

Nancy Ann Story Book

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch SOLD

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

nancy ann story book 5 and a half inch

Bridesmaid

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

nancy ann story book bisque

Cinderella

Rain, Rain Go Away

School Days

One, Two Button My Shoe

Wednesday's Child

Going A Milking

Annie At The Garden Gate

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary

Nancy Ann Storybook

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Little Red Riding Hood

Alice Through the Looking Glass

One, Two, Button My Shoe

Little Goose Girl

Princess Rosanie

Autumn

Bridesmaid

Little Betty Blue

Little Miss Muffett

Annie At The Garden Gate

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Daffy Down Dilly

Daffy Down Dilly

Daffy Down Dilly

Nancy Ann Storybook

A Dillar, A Dollar

Little Miss Donnet

Pretty As A Picture, Busy as a Bee

To Market, To Market

Colonial Dame

Winter

Winter

Valentine Sweetheart

One, Two Button My Shoe

Big Sister Goes To Play

Here Am I, Little Joan

Spring

Western Miss

Little Betty Blue, Wore Her Holiday Shoe

Monday's Child

One, Two Button My Shoe

Snow Queen

Bride

Bridesmaid

Queen of Hearts

Little Miss Muffett

School Days

Little Red Riding Hood

Winter

Pretty As A Picture

Pretty in Pink

Valentine Sweetheart

Daffy Down Dilly

Little Sister Goes to Play

Little Sister Goes to Play