The cuddly and adorable bear is over 100 years old. It is older than World War I and can trace its beginnings to the most illustrious US presidents. In its 125+ years of history, the basic Teddy has taken on every corner of the World all the way from Europe from Europe to America all the way to Japan to Japan and then back. Even though our lives of old are now saturated with many technological advances yet the basic teddy is more sought-after than ever before -you just need to search for him! Here are some additional fascinating facts about this classic of childhood and iconic of the 20th century.
1. Bears first were seen on the literary stage as part of the story ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears which was written by Robert Southey in 1834.
2. The first soft toy was seen being on the market at the time Margarete Steiff filed patents for the 23 soft toys designs, which included a dancing bear and an bear handler with brown bears in 1899.
3. The history is written by an Brooklyn shopkeeper Morris Michtom sells the world’s first ‘Teddy’s Bear’ at his shop in the month of November 1902.
4. As of March 19, 1903 as much as 3000 stuffed bears are transported across to America through the Steiff Company in Germany.
5. Bear toys were referred to as “Bruins” in the early days. The first commercial for Bruins was published within the American toy trade magazine Playthings in the month of May 1906.
6. In November of the same year the word “Teddy Bear were used for the first time in an advertisement for Playthings produced by American producer E.J. Horsman.
7. “Teddy Bear” was one of the first illustrated books that based their story on the popular soft toys composed by Alice Scott.
8. In 1907, history of music was created when the music for the well-known song, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was written by American composer J.K. Bratton. The song was originally titled The Teddy Bear Two Step and the lyrics we recognize and cherish today weren’t in fact added until 1932, by the prolific British music composer Jimmy Kennedy.
9. In 1908 in 1908, it was 1908 when the J.K. Farnell company started making its initial British teddies. The company was initially established within London’s Notting Hill as a silk merchant. It first made pin cushions and tea cossies. However, it has been believed their Alpha bear in 1925 was the source of inspiration for to the creation of Winnie the Pooh.
10. In 1909 the first animated teddy-animal cartoon “Little Johnny and the Teddy Bears” was released in the USA.
11. In 1912, when the world heard about the sinking Titanic in her first voyage with shock, The German soft toy manufacturer owned by Steiff developed a bear in black to offer as a gift of mourning for those who lost loved family members in the sinking of Titanic.
12. The year 1919 was when the cute Teddy bear flew into the air in their first non-stop transatlantic flight! Aircraft pioneers Alcock as well as Brown, carried teddy mascots in this record-breaking flight that took them across the Atlantic from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified World War I Vickers Vimy bomber.
13. The teddy bear walked into thousands of homes each day for Britons at the time that the first British comic-strip teddy bear, Bobby Bear, was published in the London-based Daily Herald newspaper.
14. The next year, 1920 The very first Rupert Bear picture story, Little Lost Bear, written and illustrated by Mary Tourtel, found its way into The Daily Express, a UK The Daily Express newspaper. The Daily Express.
15. In 1924, animation film gigantic Walt Disney produced the first color animation film featuring the theme of a teddy bear Alice and the Three Bears.
16. The most well-known and beloved bears ever, Winnie-the-Pooh made its appearance when the first version of Winnie-the-Pooh was released by A.A. Milne in 1926.
17. In 1944, despite the fact that the forest fires devastated America, USA, Smokey Bear was chosen as the mascot for the United States Forest Fire Prevention Campaign.
18. Sooty the teddy bear magician and glove puppet, was first introduced with British TV in the year 1952. Sooty gained huge popularity across The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand. It’s so popular that Sooty is currently the longest-running children’s TV series within the UK and reached 60 in the year 2008. Created in the hands of Harry Corbett, father handed the puppeteering job to his son Matthew in the year 1976. Matthew quit in the mid 90s, and Sooty’s popularity remained unaffected.
19. 1953 saw The Golden Jubilee of Steiff’s first soft toy bear. The celebration was marked with a brand new bear, ‘a hilarious baby bear’ named Jackie Baby.
20. A common problem was solved by Wendy Boston, Welsh toy manufacturer, introduced the first washable soft toy bear back in 1954.
21. 1958 saw another beloved and well-known bear Paddington Bear, appear on the scene for the first time. It was the debut Paddington novel, A Bear Called Paddington written by Michael Bond was published this year.
22. A significant change occurred when Walt Disney acquired the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in the year 1959.
23. Colonel Bob Henderson launches The Teddy Bear Club in 1962.
24. The first animated movie based on Winnie-the-Pooh was created by Walt Disney in 1975. It quickly became a classic.
25. In 1979 In 1979, in 1979, the Marquis of Bath organized Bath’s Great Teddy Bear Rally at Longleat.
26. As a change from the usual auction items the auction house Christie’s of London held the first auction exclusively for teddy bears in the year 1985.
27. It was in 1988 that Gyles as well as Michele Brandreth created The Teddy Bear Museum in the town where William Shakespeare was born, Stratford-upon-Avon.
28. The following year, in 1989 it was the year that the inaugural British Teddy Bear Festival was held in London.
29. The same year, in 1989 Happy Anniversary, a 1926 vintage mohair Steiff bear, was auctioned off at auction that took place in London for a staggering sum of P55,000 in the hands of American Paul Volpp as a 42nd wedding anniversary gift to the wife of his partner, Rosemary.
30. It was in the year 1990 that Steiff made the move to UK with the very first Steiff UK Limited Edition teddies.
31. The bear had travelled across continents and won the hearts of everyone. 1994 witnessed Teddy Girl, a 1904 cinnamon Steiff bear once owned by the Colonel Bob Henderson, being sold at auction in London at a price of a staggering $110,000 for Yoshihiro Sekiguchi. Sekiguchi was later able to create the Teddy Bear Museum in Izu, Japan.
32. in 1996 Yoshihiro Sekiguchi from the Izu Teddy Bear Museum bought Teddy Edward, the world’s most traveled bear, at an auction for…PS34,500.
33. Did you think there were only normal-sized teddy bears? But, Guinness (8.5 millimeters tall) was created by Lynn Lumb of Halifax, England and entered the revered world of The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most compact toy bear.
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