THE ANNALEE STORY: What began as a hobby for a young girl named Barbara Annalee Davis, grew into a family business; the business of doll making. Annalee created dolls, unaware that her hobby would become her life's calling. Annalee transformed a chicken coop into a design room, and painted her smile ont the dolls. She sold her dolls through craft outlets in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Years later, after her marriage to Charles 'Chip" Thorndike, her hobby transformed into a business that is now considered an industry innovator. Seventy five years later, Annalee is still operating out of that chicken coop! Oh sure, they've made some renovations (for one thing the chickes were relocated) but the company still honors Annalee's vision: "If you smile, someone else has got to smile back." A great motto for a company that's been "cooped-up" for 75 years! Every Annalee doll is truly unique. All of the cheeks are colored by hand and each doll has multiple expressions. The face you see here may be different than the face you receive. The flexible wire frame allows you to pose your doll to fit your decor. Bend the legs to sit your Annalee elf on a shelf! Twist the arms of your favorite Annalee dolls to wave. Be creative--- share the Smile!
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