Apair of Steiff teddy bears which had to be X-rayed by a vet to check their rarity have been sold for £10,400. The rod-jointed toys named the Roosevelt Bears had been owned by one family since 1904, but “not played with much”. Auctioneers in Gloucestershire had to X-ray them to check their rare joints. The bears were sold with an original copy of Seymour Eaton’s storybook, the Roosevelt Bears, from where they got their names. Auctioneers Dominic Winter said rod bears were rare and having a well-preserved pair at auction was “an exceptional occurrence”.
Ayoung boy was left heartbroken after losing his beloved teddy bear, handed crafted for him by his Nan, at an airport. However, six-year-old Owen Lake was reunited with the tiger, named Hobbes, in spectacular fashion thanks to thoughtful airport bosses. His mother Amanda Lake called the airport, Tampa International Airport in Florida, who soon found Hobbes and prepared an exciting adventure for the boy’s best friend.
Would you believe that Google’s Research & Development team is looking at developing internet-connected teddy bears that will control smart home appliances? The firm has published a patent that describes teddy bears that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers. The three-year old patent was spotted recently by the legal technology firm SmartUp. It described the proposal as “one of Google’s creepiest patents yet”.
While we were researching and writing yesterday’s post about Richard Steiff, we came across a mystery which has still not been resolved to this day. Back in 1903, some 3,000 teddy bears were sent by ship from Steiff’s factory in Germany to America only for them to disappear. Some claim the bears were the first ever made and would now be the most valuable teddy bears in the world. So just what happened to these bears?
For many years people on both sides of the Atlantic have argued over who invented the teddy bear. In Germany Steiff have long laid claim to inventing teddies while in America a couple by the name of Morris and Rose Michtom have claimed to have invented the teddy after seeing a cartoon in the Washington Post featuring President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt hunting real bears. Upon investigation it has been proven that Margarete Steiff and the Michtoms both came up with very different designs for a teddy bear around 1902. Here at Jammy Toast we thought it was about time we did some investigating and try to prove once and for all who really did invent the teddy bear.
Ten days ago now we told you there would be a secret revelation coming up here on Jammy Toast. We didn’t reveal exactly what the news was but safe to say when it does finally come about it is going to make someone extremely happy. Myself and a few of the bears, who are in on our little secret, are honour bound not to reveal what is going on to the person concerned but we know he is going to be very happy. Unfortunately it is just taking longer than we had originally intended. In fact, someone has seriously let us down to the point where we have now handed it over to Razzi to “have a word!”
We were hoping to have some great news to reveal tonight but unfortunately it has not come about. We are not going to reveal exactly what the news is but safe to say it is going to make someone extremely happy. Myself and a few of the bears who are in on our little secret are honour bound not to reveal what is going on to the person concerned but we know he is going to be very happy. However, before you all start guessing what is about to be revealed we can inform everyone that it is not a sex slave for Razzi!
As we all know here at Jammy Toast, teddy bears can be quite adventurous and have been known to wander off from time to time. Unfortunately, this has proven catastrophic for one teddy bear who has gone off on his own for a walk and got lost. Although he may not have travelled as far as Paddington did from Peru, he has still ended up a long way from home. The teddy bear was in hospital with his owner when he decided to do a little investigating and unfortunately ended up at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board’s laundry department in Llansamlet, Swansea.
The Bears have decided to open their old website up again for anyone who wishes to visit them. The site is so any of the bears can post whatever they want which they either can’t post here on Jammy Toast or which they just want to share with anyone. The site will not be posted to every day but only when one of the bears feels they have something to say. Apparently I am banned from the bear’s website and they are responsible for running it themselves – that’s gratitude for you. If anyone feels like visiting them just click on the link above.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned we had not found a new bear since January. Then, in the space of a couple of weeks, we found two pretty close together. Now, only a week after our last new friend arrived, we have another bear here at Jammy Toast. Unfortunately, he was surplus to requirements at his former home although we are not quite sure of the circumstances. After arriving this morning he has spent most of the day sitting with Razzi watching the telly and seems to be settling in nicely.