Funny how you pack things away sometimes.
Paper is surprisingly heavy, and there was a huge box of it up in the roof, so our task today was to go through it and dispose of whatever we could.
The thing was, there wasn’t that much to get rid of, so we must have had a purge before putting it up there in the first place.
We found the photo box, and Hubby has scanned a few for a couple of future posts which may, or may not of course, be of interest.
Inside a vacuum bag, I found a lot of cards, some of which were from my Mum before dementia took hold. They are all the more precious now as I know she was able to go out and chose them herself at the time.
The folder was interesting in that it was my notes for the Bear Necessities talk I did for the ladies group I belonged to at the time. This is the only picture I have from it, but sadly we had to rehome the majority of our Hug when we bought the boat as we simply had no room for so many. It still makes me sad to think about it.
I thought readers might be interested anyway. With access to the internet I was able to get some of the pictures we used on my flip chart and I’ve put linkages to certain sites rather than write a lot of data.
The Bear Necessities
There is no exact phobia concerning the teddy bear, but Arcotophobia is the fear of bears in general. Melissophobia and Zoophobia are the fear of animals, whereas Doraphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of fur, sometimes transferred to touching ‘cuddly toys’.
Derived from the Greek Arctos (bear) and philos (lover), Hubby and I were Arctophiles as we loved teddy bears (and still do), whereas someone who is a teddy bear Collector is an Arctophilist.
There are two stories of origin, one being about President Roosevelt refusing to shoot a trapped bear whilst hunting in Mississippi in 1902 saying it was unsportsmanlike.
The Washington Post ran a cartoon by Clifford Berryman the following day, and inventor Morris Michtom (a Russian immigrant who later founded the Ideal Toy factory) had the die of making a jointed soft bear. He asked permission to call the toy Teddy, and the first Teddy Bear appeared on February 15th 1903.
The other is that Richard Steiff, Margaret Steiff’s nephew, designed the first jointed bear which was exhibited at the Leibzig Fair in 1903. Some of these bears were sent to America and used to decorate the tables at a reception held at the White House.
When the President was asked what species they were, someone suggested they were a new species called Teddy.
Either way, President Roosevelt had something to do with it, and an estimated 2.5 million* Americans collect teddy bears.
* figures as at the time of my talk.
Steiff teddy bears (link) are one of the most collectable soft toys in the world, renowned for their quality and famous for the KNOPF IM OHR (Button in Ear) trademark.
Very early Steiff bears have shaven snouts, but the main characteristics are pointed snouts, long jointed arms and legs, a humped back with growlers or squeakers, and large paws made of felt. The eyes are glass or shoe/boot buttons on a wire, and the stuffing made of excelsior, which was later replaced with kapok, though earlier bears were stuffed with long strips of lime wood or pine.
Grandad here is not a Steiff bear, but has similarities and was stuffed with straw.
You can read about his makeover here
1907: it was reported that Steiff made some 975,000 bears.
1993: Elliott, a rare blue Steiff bear sold for £49,500.
1994: Most expensive bear £110,000 for Teddy Girl (link)
2000: Black Steiff bear sold for £91,450.
2002: Steiff hot water bottle teddy bear with original canister went under the hammer for £28,000.
Most travelled bear: Teddy Edward (link) sold for £34,500 in 1996
The smallest Teddy Bear is called Tiny Ted and measures 4.5 mm. He was made by Cheryl Moss in 2006 and can be found in the Teddy Bear Museum on Cheju Island in Korea.
Mini The Pooh (below) is slightly bigger at 5mm though still smaller than a one pence piece and was made by German artist Bettina Kaminski in 2001.
For comparison, you can get a 6mm flea on a MOLE!
Some Teddy Bear trivia:
Sept 9th, 2007 saw the last Teddy Bear auction at Christies.
A group of Teddy Bears is called a Hug.
The Mars Pathfinder Mission named a Martian rock after Yogi Bear.
It was called Yogi Rock.
The original Fozzie Bear muppet had an estimated price of £10 – £15,000 at the Christies Auction in 2007.
Super Ted has many similarities to Capt Marvel as both must utter a magic word to use their powers which were granted by a mythical being. They even have similar costumes, but Super Ted does not have a secret identity, has no other name, and doesn’t hide is abilities.
The music for The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was written by American composer JK Bratton in 1907. The lyrics were written by Irishman Jimmy Kennedy in 1933. It was originally called The Teddy Bear Two-Step.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears was written in 1834 by Robert Southey.