The Life Of Margarete Steiff

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Margarete Steiff was born in Giengen, Germany on 24th July 1847. Margarete was a very lively, well-built child and led a carefree life until she became ill with polio before her second birthday. She was destined never to walk and to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Her mother, above all, found this very difficult. She would have to care for her daughter for as long as she lived. Her daughter would never be able to take on the role of housewife and mother and, at the time, it seemed as though she had absolutely no prospects for the future.

The Great Teddy Bear Shipwreck Mystery

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While we were researching and writing last month’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?

Who Invented The Teddy Bear?

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We have been asked a number of times during the nine year history of Jammy Toast, who invented the teddy bear? The short answer to this question is that Germany and America both hotly contest the title of “Inventor of the Teddy Bear”. Indeed, Steiff and the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company can both lay claims to having designed teddy bears as early as 1902. Did both sides suddenly invent a teddy bear at exactly the same moment or did one side copy the other? Here is what we said in 2010

The Great Teddy Bear Shipwreck Mystery

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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?

Who Invented The Teddy Bear?

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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.

Who Really Invented The Teddy Bear?

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We have been asked a number of times recently who invented the teddy bear? Although this is a question we have answered previously, I was shocked to discover that it was three years ago when we last looked at the question. The short answer is that Germany and America both hotly contest the title of “Inventor of the Teddy Bear”. Indeed, Steiff and the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company can both lay claims to having designed teddy bears as early as 1902. Did both sides suddenly invent a teddy bear at exactly the same moment or did one side copy the other? Here is what we said in 2010…