Here at Party Teddies we think Teddy Bears are awesome and you are never too old to have own one from a soft and cuddly childhood playmate a rare and valuable collector’s item, the Teddy Bear has worn many hats since it’s creation in the early 20th century. Read on for some fun facts you may or may not know about our lovable friend the Teddy Bear.
1. The teddy bear is named after President Theodore Roosevelt. After he refused to shoot a captured black bear on a hunt, a stuffed-animal maker decided to create a bear and name it after the president.
2. The first toy stuffed bear was created by German toymaker Margarete Steiff. She created a soft plush with movable arms and legs and a friendly face after taking her nephew to the zoo in 1903.
3. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first use of the term teddy bear to 1906.
4. Washable teddy bears didn’t appear until 1954 when the stuffing was switched to an easier to clean nylon fill. Before that, they were stuffed with mohair, wool, and other hard to clean fills.
5. The smallest commercially available Teddy bear is only 0.29 inches tall (0.7366cm), made by South African “microbear” maker Cheryl Moss, whose largest creations are just taller than half an inch
6. The world’s largest stitched teddy bear is 55-foot-4 creation was made in 2008 and is named C.T.Dreams, which stands for Connect the Dreams.
7. Istvánné Arnóczki of Hungary she has the largest collection of Teddy Bears in the world. She has over 20,367 bears and was entered into Guinness World Records on April 27, 2019. Arnóczki grew up in poverty and her dream was to have one that she could cuddle at night
8. The official term for a teddy bear collector is an ‘arctophile’.
9. International Teddy Bear Day is on the 9th of September
10. Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear – A Canadian soldier bought a black bear cub from a hunter during World War I, and the bear which he named Winnipeg became a pet and mascot for his troop. Later Winnipeg was given to the London Zoological Gardens, where Christopher Robin Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne’s son) took such a liking to her that he called his teddy bear Winnie after her.
11. They are by far the best-traveled toys – Between 2009 and 2010, British company ISPY sent teddy bear Raymondo on a trip that gave him the status of the world’s most traveled toy mascot. In less than a year, he traveled 395,605 miles, hitting 35 countries and six continents. Wow!
12. In fact, they don’t stop at world travel- Magellan T. Bear became the first teddy bear in space when he boarded Space Shuttle Discovery in 1995. But he wasn’t just a bear on holiday—he was the “education specialist” on the mission, having been a project for a Colorado elementary school. The teddy bear later flew around the world, visited the South Pole, and more.
13. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic song was originally called The Teddy Bear Two Step
14. National Hug a Bear Day is on November 7th
15. There is a magazine dedicated to teddy bears. This magazine is called ‘Teddy Bear Times and Friends’
16. The most expensive teddy bear sold was made by German toy maker Steiff’s Louis Vuittion. It was bought by Korean Jessie Kim for $2.1 million at a 2000 Monaco auction.
17. The longest line of teddy bears ever recorded was in the England in 2015 by Finaly Church. 15,543 teddy bears were all lined up, and the line measured 2,106 metres
18,. Early Teddy Bears were made to look like real bears with small eyes and long pointy faces
- Paddington Bear
- Bungle from Rainbow
- Baloo from The Jungle Book
- Rupert Bear
- Yogi Bear
- Fozzi Bear
- The three Bears