Sandy coloured teddy bear; 1906-1907

Steiff

Sandy coloured teddy bear; 1906-1907
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Full image caption

A sandy coloured,jointed teddy bear with button eyes, hump on its back and a Steiff metal button in its ear. There is a red bow around its neck.
The donor's eldest son received this teddy bear as a present in 1907, when it was the latest fashionable toy. It makes a growling sound when the stomach is pressed and was made by the Steiff Company in Germany. Sandy coloured plush, probably Excelsior stuffed, with jointed arms and legs, button eyes, hump on back and Steiff metal button in ear.

In 1902, Margarete Stieff, a disabled german toy manufacturer, made the first plush toy bears. The name comes from a cartoon of US president Theodore ('Teddy') Roosevelt, who refused to shoot a tethered bear. Teddy bears were an instant hit and have become a traditional childhood toy, beloved by millions.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1906 AD - 1907 AD
Image Number
 
007711

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