If you are a lover of cuddly toys and especially teddy bears, you must be aware of the family run German toy maker Steiff. If so, in order to see the newest steiff bears available, you can now go online and do so. Although not originally planned to be named teddy bears, the Steiff bears are perhaps the most famous of all teddy bears and so they should be as, it was their original design which was used by all other toy makers to make their teddy bears.
Although they had been making animal shaped cuddly toys since their family business opened in 1888, prior to 1903, no bears were included in their production. It was only after Richard Steiff had an idea about making bear shaped toys in 1902 after seeing a bear act in a circus that bear toys were made by Steiff in time for the 1903 Leipzig Spring Toy Fair. At the fair though, these new addition toys were being sold under the name of Friend Petz.
Meanwhile, in the United States, President Teddy Roosevelt, due to an incident that occurred whilst hunting in Mississippi, was being associated with baby bears, so much so in fact that he later adopted a baby bear as a mascot for his re-election campaign, which he won. An enterprising candy store owner from Brooklyn decided to take advantage of this partnership between a bear and a President by selling cuddly toys, shaped like bears, as Teddy Bears.
Both the Steiff bears and the Teddy Bears were available for sale in the US at the same time which resulted in all the bears being called teddy bears. The candy store owner later went on to create the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company but only because his bear toys became so popular after he changed the design to be the same as that of the Steiff bears. Later, around 1915, other toy companies also started to make teddy bears and they too, used the original Steiff design.
So today, regardless of which toy company made the teddy bear that you own, it is based on the design first introduced as Friend Petz at the 1903 Leipzig Spring Toy Fair by the Steiff Company of Germany. The Steiff company today still make cuddly toys are renowned for the standard of quality with which the toys are both designed and made. As there are now so many different toy companies making the teddy bears to the same design as Steiff bears, all steiff bears manufactured today have a tag placed in their ear to signify that they are in fact original Steiff bears. Over the years many variations o Steiff bears have been made and perhaps because of their quality or because of their authenticity, they have become something of a collector’s item.
If you too want to start collecting authentic Steiff teddy bears, you can get a good start with the ones available on their web site today or any other day.