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History of Teddy Bears

The First Teddy Bear
In 1902 Morris Michtom saw a picture of Theodore Roosevelt standing next to a bear cub trapped in a tree. Michtom decided to create a stuffed bear cub which he later called Teddy's bear. The teddy bear was placed in his shop window located in New York and it became an instant success. Morris Mitchtom then created the company Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. which is still in existence today.

GUND was founded by German immigrant Adolph Gund in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1898. GUND is one of the oldest teddy bear manufacturers around. In the early 1900s GUND was one of the first companies to design and produce teddy bears. The Gotta Getta Gund campaign was kicked off in the 1980s - giving the company recognition as a leading consumer brand. The company is currently located in Edison, New Jersey.

Steiff was created by Margarete Steiff in 1880 while bound to a wheel-chair with a crippling disease, she created her first Steiff animal - an elephant made of felt. In 1886 over 5,000 of these elephants were sold. In 1902 Richard Steiff created the first Mohair plush bear, design name 55PB. In 1903 teddy bear 55PB was sold for the first time. In 1907 Steiff manufactured almost 1 million teddy bears.

GANZ was established by Samuel Ganz and his two sons Jack and Sam in 1950. The company most known for their Webkinz product line is currently located in Toronto, Canada. Ganz lends its prosperity to effective distribution and maintaining the highest quality standards.