First Teddy bear goes on sale

First Teddy bear goes on sale

On February 15, 1903, toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy manufacturers began turning out copies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which soon became a national childhood institution.

READ MORE: 7 Little-Known Legacies of Teddy Roosevelt

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting expeditions provided the inspiration for the Teddy bear. Ironically, though he was an avid conservationist, Roosevelt-led hunting trips often resulted in excessive slaughter, including one African trip during which his party killed more than 6,000 animals for sport and trophies. However, the idea for the teddy bear likely arose out of one of Roosevelt’s more compassionate acts.

Reports differ as to the exact details of the inspiration behind the teddy bear, but it is thought that while hunting in Mississippi in 1902, Roosevelt came upon an old injured black bear that his guides had tied to a tree. (The age, sex and state of health of the bear remain contested.) While some reports claim Roosevelt shot the bear out of pity for his suffering, others insist he set the bear free. Political cartoonists later portrayed the bear as a cub, implying that under the tough, outdoorsy and macho image of Roosevelt lay a much softer, more sensitive interior.

READ MORE: How Teddy Roosevelt Crafted an Image of American Manliness

First Teddy bear goes on sale - HISTORY


The story of an extraordinary woman and a unique company

The story of children&rsquos dreams come true: As an energetic young girl, Margarete Steiff fought for her place in life, against much resistance.

With a pin cushion in the shape of a small stuffed elephant, she wrote the first chapter of the unprecedented success story, which is still being continued today, over 100 years later.

Thanks to the loving dedication and quality consciousness of all the employees, the story of Margarete Steiff and Steiff GmbH remain inseparable from each other.

1847 - How it All Began

On 24th July 1847, Margarete Steiff was born in Giengen an der Brenz as the third of four children. When she was 18 months old, she was ill with a high fever, following which her legs became paralyzed and it hurt her to use her right arm.

Three years later, a doctor in Ulm diagnosed her with poliomyelitis. The many doctor's visits and treatments did not help her parents grew disconsolate. What could little Margarete expect from life now? She would be dependant on the care of others for life.

But the cheerful Margarete fought for her place. She was taken to school in a hay cart by her siblings and neighbouring children, and taken upstairs to the classroom by a woman who lived near to the school.

1862 - Apprenticeship and First Steps

In spite of the pain in her right hand, Margarete went to sewing school and at the age of 17 she completed her training as a seamstress.

Her older sisters Marie and Pauline opened a women&rsquos tailors in 1862 in which she also worked from time to time. When Marie and Pauline left their home town around 8 years later, Margarete continued alone.

1874 - The foundations are laid - the step towards independence

In 1874, Margarete&rsquos father converted her parent&rsquos house and built herself her own work room, a small tailors shop. With the first money that she earned herself, she bought her own sewing machine. She could only move the fly wheel on the right hand side with difficulty, and so without further ado the machine was reversed.

In 1877, Adolf Glatz, her cousin&rsquos husband, advised her to take the step towards independence. Thereupon Margarete founded her own felt clothing business and successfully sold clothes and household articles which she had made. Soon she was able to employ several seamstresses. In the magazine &rdquoModenwelt&ldquo (Fashion World) from December 8, 1879, Margarete saw the sewing pattern for a small stuffed elephant. Using this pattern, she made the elephant as a pin cushion, but soon the little stuffed animals became very popular as children's toys.

1880 - Margarete Steiff GmbH is founded

The official founding date of Steiff Manufacture was 1880. The first big seller was the elephant, which her younger brother Fritz sold at the nearby Heidenheim market. Just six years later Margarete had sold over 5,000 elephants and was now designing other stuffed animals, too. In 1890, Fritz built a house for his sister, with a flat on the first floor, designed for disabled people, and a small shop on the first floor. At the house in what is today &rdquoMargarete Steiff Straße&ldquo (Margarete Steiff Road) there is the sign &ldquoFilz-Spielwaren-Fabrik&rdquo (Felt Toy Factory).

In 1892 the first illustrated Steiff catalogue was released which showed the diversity of the range. In addition to elephants there were monkeys, donkeys, horses, camels, pigs, mice, dogs, cats, hares and giraffes. In the catalogue was also Margarete&rsquos motto, "Für Kinder ist nur das Beste gut genug!&ldquo (for children, only the best is good enough!&ldquo).

One year later, on March 3rd 1893, the toy factory was entered in the trade register as &rdquoMargarete Steiff, Felt Toy Factory Giengen/Brenz&rdquo. For the first time the toys were presented at the Leipzig toy trade fair. Margarete now employed 4 seamstresses and 10 home workers.

1902 - The Teddy bear is born . and conquers the world

Richard Steiff, Margarete&rsquos creative favourite nephew, entered the company in 1897. He attended the school of applied arts in Stuttgart and studied in England. His animal sketches were the basis for many Steiff creations. In 1902 he designed the "Bear 55PB" bears, the world's first stuffed toy bears with moveable arms and legs. When searching for a suitable covering, Richard found the cuddly and good for coloring mohair plush produced by the Florweberei Schulte (Schulte pile weaving mill) in Duisburg.

Margarete herself remained skeptical, but Richard was allowed to present his bears at the Leipzig toy trade fair.

The breakthrough came when an American trader discovered the bears and ordered 3,000 of them. The bears began an unprecedented selling success in the USA from 1906 under the name of Teddy Bear - named after the American president Theodore &rdquoTeddy&ldquo Roosevelt.

1904 - A"Steiff - Knopf im Ohr" (Button in Ear) - a brand sign arises and an eventful life comes to an end

In order to make their own high quality products unmistakeable, and fend off numerous cheap imitations, Franz Steiff developed the brand sign "Steiff - Button in Ear". At the world exhibition in St. Louis, Margarete was awarded the Grand Prix, and finally in 1906 Margarete Steiff GmbH was founded, the company name which is still used today.

In 1907, 400 employees and 1,800 home workers produced 973,999 teddy bears and a total of around 1,700,000 toys. An international company arose which continually expanded its product range.

Margarete Steiff died on the 9th of May 1909 at the age of 61, following a lung infection.

This was a hard blow for the Steiff family, friends and employees. Margarete&rsquos nephews took over the company and people from all over the world continue to dream her dream even today. Margarete Steiff created something which is larger than life.

1910 - Steiff worlds arise

In 1910 Steiff won the Grand Prix at the world exhibition in Brussels, show pieces with a multitude of stuffed toys and animals inspired the public.

The &rdquoSteiff Circus&ldquo used mechanically-moved figures for the first time. One of the most successful show pieces, "Noah&rsquos Ark", came about four years later. Then there were hard times but not only for the company: in the hard years of the war and after, Steiff finally had to adjust their range - paper-type materials meant that the so called &rdquopaper teddy bears&ldquo came into existence, and toys made of wood were added to the range.

1927 - Hard times in a positive sense

In the "Golden Twenties" there was once again a demand for fabric and plush. Steiff introduced assembly line production in order to satisfy the high demand for, above all, their stuffed dogs. The plush dog Molly went down a storm and over 500,000 were sold by 1932.

1951 - The new beginnng

The next difficult time was during the Wold War II. After the end of the war the company restarted in 1947, and just a year later it had nearly 1,000 employees, and 5 years later twice as many. Among other things this rapid growth was due to Mecki, the mascot of a television newspaper and a figure from the puppet feature film by the Diehl brothers, which was manufactured by Steiff as a stuffed puppet from 1951.

In 1953 the Teddy bear celebrated its 50th birthday - the jubilee bear &rdquoJackie&ldquo was presented for this occasion in a completely new design - as a funny bear child with a small belly button.

1980 - 100 years of dreams in cloth and plush

The 80&rsquos began with the company's 100th year anniversary, when the Margarete Steiff Museum was opened in Giengen - a forerunner of today&rsquos experience museum, &rdquoThe World of Steiff&ldquo. In addition, Steiff began to produce animal replicas in limited editions for their fans. &rdquoPetsy&ldquo - the children&rsquos favourite captured the market and the hearts of Steiff friends around the globe.

1992 - Steiff Club

Then, finally on the 1st of April 1992, the Steiff Club was founded for lovers and collectors of all Steiff animals, with exclusive club advantages and own club editions.

In order to be able to present their own products in the cities in an appropriate surrounding, the first Steiff Gallery was opened in Hamburg in 1997 on the anniversary of Margarete Steiff&rsquos 150th birthday. Three years later Cologne, Munich and Dusseldorf also had their Steiff Galleries,followed by Berlin, Vienna, Nuremburg and Stuttgart. In 2003, there were openings in Kiel, Hanover, Wiesbaden, Zurich and a second Steiff Gallery in Hamburg. In 2004 a Steiff gallery opened in Bromley, London.

2005 - The new millennium

Naturally, the success story continued into the new century, and new paths were walked. The world première of the musical &rdquoTeddy - A Musical Dream&ldquo took place in 2002. Also in Giengen, the home of all Steiff animals, there were things going on: the "World of Steiff" experience was presented in 2003 for the first time. Up until 2005 the &rdquoWorld of Steiff&ldquo experience museum was built on the company grounds, according to instructions of architect Andreas Ramseier. It is an architectural paramount achievement and offers an animated dream world for the whole family on an area of 2,400m². Just right for the 125 year company jubilee "the World of Steiff" opened its gates. The icing on the cake of the company jubilee was the costly 125 carat Teddy bear edition.

For the first time in 2006, the Steiff Summer was hosted in the company grounds in Giengen an der Brenz,a large summer festival, which is especially held for Steiff friends and families and offers a lot of fun and excitement for all age groups. By 1907, almost a million teddy bears were produced. In 2007 - exactly 100 years later - the jubilee edition "A Million Hugs" was published on this occasion.

Merrythought Through The Ages

Bringing together the best people and materials, the first Merrythought soft toys started to be produced in the historical Ironbridge factory in late 1930. The product range expanded in the years to follow, and despite the setback of World War 2, the company grew to become a major player in the British toy industry.

The Merrythought Bear

Although the earliest design to enter Merrythought’s first trials book on 8th October 1930 was simply ‘Elephant’, the original ‘Merrythought Bear’ was created shortly after this, and in 1931, appeared in the inaugural Merrythought catalogue. Florence Attwood created the company’s first collection an imaginative range of 32 soft toys which included animals, play toys and dolls, alongside the original teddy bear.

In 2017, an authentic replica of the ‘Merrythought Bear’ was recreated using the original patterns held in our company archives. The bear was brought to life in celebration of the Royal Mail’s ‘Classic Toys’ stamp series, and featured upon one of eight unique collectable stamps.

The Original Punkie

Merrythought produced Punkinhead bears exclusively for Eaton’s department store in Canada between the years of 1949 to 1956. Designed by Florence Atwood, this distinctive bear was characterised by a long tuft of hair, bright eyes and a smiley velvet muzzle.

Synonymous with Christmas, Punkinhead was marketed as ‘Santa’s helper’ who longed to be part of the annual Christmas parade, with the department store distributing story booklets of the little bear’s adventure, and featuring him across their Christmas advertising.

Today Punkinhead, known in recent years simply as ‘Punkie’, has an important place amongst Merrythought’s collectable range. New limited edition designs are created each year and enjoyed by collectors around the world, particularly in Japan.

Gordon Holmes

Gordon Holmes, founder of Merrythought, was a true entrepreneur of the British textile industry. He was Director of the established yarn spinning business Holmes, Laxton and Co., and purchased mohair weavers Dyson, Hall and Co., an existing client, in order to secure the supply of high quality teddy bear plush. He also sought the best team of people to help him build Merrythought into a market leader, bringing in the production expertise of Clifton Rendle, formerly of Chad Valley toy company, and Henry Janisch, who had headed up sales for Britain’s oldest soft toy maker, J. K. Farnell. The ambitious new management team developed a skilled workforce and started driving sales.

Florence Attwood

Merrythought’s inaugural collection was designed by Florence Attwood, a remarkable pattern maker who overcame many challenges associated with being deaf and unable to speak, to create some of the most iconic designs. This included the original Merrythought and Magnet teddy bears, which still have a strong influence upon the designs created today.

London Zoo Panda

In 1939, Merrythought designed a very special Giant Panda for London Zoo. This life-sized soft toy acted as a stand-in for London Zoo’s own famous Giant Panda, Ming, during various topical films about her species. It was a real first, since before then little was known about these beautiful animals and the only previous panda made by Merrythought had been described as ‘modelled from data supplied by an eminent scientist’.

Merrythought was tasked with designing London Zoo’s version with such lifelike accuracy that people wouldn’t be able to decipher between this and a real Giant Panda a challenge Gordon and his team readily accepted. The result was that Merrythought had made the very first life-like soft toy panda in the world.

World War II

World War II broke out in 1939 and the British Admiralty took over Merrythought’s Ironbridge factory to carry out vital map-making work, forcing soft toy production there to stop. Merrythought’s reduced workforce moved to nearby premises and used their skills and materials to help the war effort, producing a variety of textile items such as chevrons, helmet linings, igniter bags, gas mask bags and hot water bottle covers.

It wasn’t until 1946 that Merrythought was able to resume production of soft toys in Ironbridge, and this came with many challenges associated with the aftermath of war. If that wasn’t enough, the River Severn also burst its banks and flooded the factory during the same year. Despite a shortage of supplies and components, a small collection of animals and teddy bears was created, as Merrythought endeavoured to bring the joy of their soft toys to customers again.

This adorable little creature is Steiff's interpretation of Perri, a squirrel depicted in a Disney film produced in 1957. It was originally sold holding a velvet nut. The value is higher if the nut is still present. The condition, as shown, is excellent.

Why It&aposs the Perfect Time to Start Collecting Boyds Bears

You might think that because Boyds Bears are no longer being produced, people are running out to grab up as many as they can to resell on eBay or add to their teddy bear collection. Well, good news for these teddy bear collectors, and any of you readers who like teddy bears: You can still purchase Boyds bears inexpensively, not only on eBay but at yard sales, thrift stores, and antique stores. Apparently, the word has not gotten out yet that Boyds Bears are no longer being made. If it had, I think that the price of these bears would have skyrocketed. No such luck yet. But I will continue collecting them and maybe by the time I die, and leave my teddy bear collection to my children in my will (haha, won&apost they just love that?!). Boyds Bears will be worth a lot of money and they will be so happy their mom started collecting teddy bears. Now I don&apost know if Boyds Bears will ever be worth as much as Steiff bears are currently going for in the teddy bear market, but hey, it&aposs worth a shot. And I can&apost help but fall in love with these adorable teddy bears.

The Manufacturing Process

  1. After the design is accepted, it is transferred to a blueprint from which paper patterns are made. The shapes are cut out and pinned to fabric. Many layers of plush may be stacked with the pattern pinned on the top, and a cutter with a blade much like a band saw is used to cut out many pieces at one time. Rows of workers sit behind industrial sewing machines. Each is responsible for one style of bear. He or she will assemble the small pieces first, add the eyes and grommet attachments to the face, and then stitch the parts together. The bears are inside out with their seams exposed and openings down the long seam in the back. Finally, the bears are pulled right side out and dispatched to be stuffed. The volume a worker produces depends on the type of bear one may produce 35 to 45 baby bears in one day or eight or nine larger species.
  2. The stitched bear is then stuffed. The manufacturer purchases polyester fiber in 500 lb (227 kg) bales in which the fiber is tightly packed. The fiber is dual density with a very fine fiber and a thicker, slightly wavy fiber together, these fibers have the most desirable packing quality for stuffing animals. Because the polyester comes so tightly packed, batches of it are tossed into a picker, which is a barrel lined with spikes that fluffs the stuffing. The fluffed material is blown by air into a stuffing machine. These machines have evolved little since World War H, when the machines were used to stuff flight jackets for the United States Navy and Army Air Force. Air pressure blows the stuffing into the bear through a small diameter tube. The operator can manipulate the bear to direct the stuffing to various parts of the toy. A pedal release on the stuffing machine controls the puffs of stuffing. Two pushes on the pedal, for example, may be needed to pump enough stuffing from the machine's nozzle into the nose of the bear, which needs to be firm. The head, feet, and paws also need to be firm, but the body should be squeezably soft. The operator can always apply the "hug test" to evaluate satisfactory cuddliness and provide quality control from bear to bear.
  3. The stuffed bear is then passed to another worker, a 𢯪r surgeon," who stitches up the opening in the back of the bear. The whole bear is then groomed. Because the plush fabric was stitched inside out, ȯur" is caught in the seams and must be pulled out so the seams do not show. An electrically powered wire brush is used to fluff the seams, and the bear is then blown through an array of air jets to remove the loose fuzz and brush the fur. Final details like costumes, ribbons, and accessories are added before the bear is packaged for transport and sale.

About Cherished Teddies

ENESCO's Cherished Teddies collection, based on the illustrations of artist Priscilla Hillman and her son Glenn, are among the most collected teddy bear figurines ever made. These charming teddies first appeared in retail stores nationwide during 1992 when Hamilton Gifts/ENESCO releases sixteen figurines. They have been a hit ever since. As well as figurines the collection also includes holiday ornaments and a wide variety of decorative accessories including photo frames, trinket boxes, music boxes and waterballs.

Since their introduction Cherished Teddies® have been bringing joy to the hearts of collectors, gift givers, and lucky recipients. Today Priscilla and Glenn's sweet little bears are still one of the top teddie bear collectible lines around the globe. They are sold in more than 10 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Australia.

When Cherished Teddies® artist, Priscilla Hillman was a child, she and her twin sister Greta, spent long, happy hours drawing and painting. From these memories came Priscilla's inspirations for the Cherished Teddies collection. Initially, in 1990, Hillman sent 36 original oil paintings of her teddy bears to Enesco, which saw the potential for a collectible line and transformed her drawings into three-dimensional figurines. In 1999, Hillman&rsquos son, Glenn, joined her in designing many of the new Cherished Teddies® figurines. His first series was called Teddies in Motion. By now there are over 2,000 items in ENESCO's Cherished Teddies® line. The Hillmans&rsquo images have also inspired designs for Cherished Teddies® plush bears, infant bedding, blankets and accessories, wall borders and apparel, among other licensed products.

After the collection&rsquos first retirements in 1995, Enesco has retired a selection of figurines each year, enhancing that figurine&rsquos value and collectibility. Once a figurine is retired, the mold is broken and it will never be produced again, increasing its collector value.

Cherished Teddies® offered by Everything Teddy Bear are from estate sales, gift shop closeouts and one owner collections. Every effort is made to be accurate in our catalog descriptions, including condition of the item, its box, any paperwork and the packing material. We report all problems we can see/smell/feel, but can not guarantee any item's former life.

Haunted teddy bears 'possessed by dead and missing kids' for sale on eBay

Teddy bears claimed to be possessed with the unhappy spirits of dead children are being sold on global auction site eBay.

The cuddly haunted teds, which wouldn&apost look out of place in any child&aposs bedroom, are listed with buy-now prices upwards of £15.

One golden-coloured teddy is said to be haunted with the spirit, known as a vessel, of a little blonde lad called Oliver who "moves the teddy".

It&aposs claimed the item has been tested with a Ouija board, which indicated the spirit of the 10-year-old child, was frightened, lost and lonely.

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A quote from the previous owner&aposs history of Oliver said: "I have been collecting paranormal objects for many years now I have had a lot of years behind me in the paranormal and recently I have received a light blonde vessel with a shy and playful spirit inside.

"I have been noticing that the vessel called Oliver likes to move around this tiny bear around the house. He is very playful and cheeky."

The poster, from Birmingham, also claims Oliver&aposs parents knew the bear was possessed and had to get rid of it.


The post continues: "The story behind this vessel is that a young boy called Oliver who loved in West Sussex and came from a loving family was gifted this stuffed bear for his 10th birthday.

"At first he started to say to his mom that the bear was talking to him and telling him to go to certain parts of the house.

"Olivier unfortunately passed away at the age of the 10. His parents says his distressed spirit still resides within Oliver. The parents gave away Oliver as they say its too sad because his spirit is so distressed."

Another haunted teddy bear is listed, priced £16, as being possessed by a little girl, Sarah, also 10.

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It was allegedly owned by paranormal investigator, parapsychologist and collector who passed away.

The poster alleges Sarah went missing from an adventure playground one day and was never found.

When Sarah&aposs mum fell unwell the teddy was passed on with claims she heard "white noise" coming from it and had been using the doll to speak with her dead daughter.

"Sarah is a lovely young girl," the poster writes.

"No one knows exactly what happened to her. She communicates mainly through EVP. She&aposs also been known to move her bear. Especially on her anniversary 28th April."

Another haunted teddy called Joanne, is listed for £2 and assumed to be haunted by a vessel called Miriam, who lived in Cornwall and died aged 17.

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The poster writes: "Miriam was always dressed in hoodies and jeans. Miriam would tell Joanne all her secrets.

"Miriam loved the supernatural, vampire, werewolf films.

"She also loves wolves, gypsies. Joanne gets on with other vessels. Sometimes TV comes on in the day and in middle of night Miriam comes from Cornwall. Died 2014."

Most listings of haunted items on eBay come with the disclosure that they are listed for "entertainment purposes only and this is a tangible item".

Most of these paranormal sellers also list dolls, but also items like haunted rings, clocks and in one case a terrifying box of haunted shells.

First Teddy bear goes on sale - Feb 15, 1903 -

TSgt Joe C.

On this day in 1903, toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy manufacturers began turning out copies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which soon became a national childhood institution.

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting expeditions provided the inspiration for the Teddy bear. Ironically, though he was an avid conservationist, Roosevelt-led hunting trips often resulted in excessive slaughter, including one African trip during which his party killed more than 6,000 animals for sport and trophies. However, the idea for the teddy bear likely arose out of one of Roosevelt’s more compassionate acts.

Reports differ as to the exact details of the inspiration behind the teddy bear, but it is thought that while hunting in Mississippi in 1902, Roosevelt came upon an old injured black bear that his guides had tied to a tree. (The age, sex and state of health of the bear remain contested.) While some reports claim Roosevelt shot the bear out of pity for his suffering, others insist he set the bear free. Political cartoonists later portrayed the bear as a cub, implying that under the tough, outdoorsy and macho image of Roosevelt lay a much softer, more sensitive interior.

Who Made the First Toy Bear Called Teddy Bear?

Well, there are several stories, but this is the most popular of teddy bear lore.

Morris Michtom made the first official toy bear called the teddy bear. Michtom owned a small novelty and candy store in Brooklyn, New York. His wife Rose was making toy bears for sale in their store. Michtom sent Roosevelt a bear and asked permission to use the teddy bear name. Roosevelt said yes. Michtom and a company called Butler Brothers began to mass-produce the teddy bear. Within a year Michtom started his own company called the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.

 However, the truth is that no one is sure who made the first teddy bear.

First Teddy bear goes on sale - HISTORY

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