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The teddy bear celebrates its 120th birthday

Ramon Schneider
08.02.2022

A soft toy that has shaped our childhood for generations is celebrating its anniversary. The teddy bear from Steiff is 120 years old.

As a regular visitor to Nill's Zoo in Stuttgart, Richard Steiff was fascinated by the brown bears. He spent hours observing and sketching them. From these sketches, Steiff created the first teddy bear with movable arms and legs made of shaggy mohair fur in 1902. The "Bear 55 PB", which means: Bear, 55 centimeters, plush, movable.

Richard Steiff, der Erfinder des Teddybären.
Richard Steiff, der Erfinder des Teddybären.
Bild: corporate.steiff.com

From "Bear 55 PB" to Teddy Bear

One year later, the bear is exhibited at the Leipzig Toy Fair. Unnoticed by most visitors, an American is thrilled by the plush toy. He orders 3000 of them on the spot. Because of his president, Theodore Roosevelt, he recognized potential in this bear. Roosevelt was pictured with a bear in various caricatures in the Washington Post at the time. This was because the then-president refused to shoot a tethered baby bear on a hunting trip in Mississippi. The bear was called "Teddy's Bear" by the press.

Karikatur von Clifford K. Berryman in der Washington Post.
Karikatur von Clifford K. Berryman in der Washington Post.
Bild: wikipedia.org

Since Steiff's "Bear 55 PB" looked similar to the bear in the cartoons, it inherited the latter's name. To this day, 120 years later, he is still called "Teddy's Bear".

Steiff Teddies for tomorrow Linus teddy bear, reddish brown
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Steiff Teddies for tomorrow Linus teddy bear, reddish brown

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