Annalee’s 85th Anniversary!


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…”

We’ve grown but somethings never change!


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!

Annalee is a tradition of fun and whimsy!

Join us Saturday, September 21st at Annalee HQ.

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:

  • 25% off Harvest & Halloween Collections
  • 40% off Anniversary Sale Items
  • Special Clearance Items
  • Free Gift with Purchase of $85+
  • NEW Signature Annalee Chocolate Bars for the First 85 Customers
  • Sneak Peak of our NEW Limited Edition Design

Take advantage of online specials and events at

75th Anniversary Decade
Auction Ends 9.23.19
Annalee One-of-a-kind Auction
  • Some big things are coming to from 9/16 – 9/23. There will be several online specials that you won’t want to miss! In addition, we will be hosting an online auction for a few rare collectibles from Annalee’s Doll Museum.

    Don’t Miss These Specials:

    Back in the beginning!

    Annalee Dolls Early Days
    Annalee + Chip Thorndike – Annalee Dolls Founders

    Look at us now!

    Annalee Team 2019
    The Annalee crew in Meredith in July 2018
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