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In 1934, Annalee Thorndike sold her first creations and founded the company Annalee Dolls in New Hampshire. Today, Annalee Dolls designs and sells whimsical and festive seasonal collections for every major holiday and receives pictures from proud collectors around the world. It’s really a magical once-upon-a-time story of a doll-making cottage industry that made it big. Annalee and her husband Chip lived on a chicken farm in the early 1950s. Read more about the story and how their chicken coop became a design room, Chip became a salesman and Annalee a doll maker in our post on The History of Annalee.
Annalee Dolls has come along way since that chicken coop in Meredith but as Mr. Thorndike once said, “There is a high energy in this company. This tremendous creative energy generates informality and a sense of humor which is incredible, and this bounces off, even to our customers.” With Annalee, you get a sense that there are no customers – only friends! That important value is still ingrained in the culture of Annalee. Here is a charming little poem about going to buy an elf from Annalee Dolls’ early years: “Come get in the swing with these funny fun things…”
This September, Annalee is celebrating 85 years of smiles! We hope you join us and get in the swing with these funny fun things! The elves at Annalee are thrilled to celebrate this momentous 85th Anniversary occasion with some magic that is uniquely Annalee. Are you a fan or collector? Help us celebrate and take advantage of some special Anniversary offerings!
Please join us on September 21st at the Annalee Gift Shop in Meredith, NH to celebrate our 85th anniversary. From 10am to 5pm we will have in-store specials, door prizes, and Cider Bellies doughnuts and cider for everyone!
Anniversary Specials Include:
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