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Bruin Manufacturing Company Teddy Bears

Blissful - Bruin Manufacturing Co. "Blissful" - Bruin Manufacturing Co.

The United States imported thousands of bear dolls and Teddy Bears from Germany in addition to establishing numerous manufacturing firms to keep up with the demand for the Roosevelt inspired Teddy Bear. The Bruin Manufacturing Co. was one of these early firms located at 497 Broome Street New York City.

The Strobel & Wilken Company of 591 Broadway and Frank W. Owens 714 Broadway were the selling agents for the Bruin Manufacturing Co. Their rivials included Ideal, Aetna, Harman Manufacturing and the American Doll and Toy Mfg. Co.

The Bruin Manufacturing Co. produced a line of stuffed toy animals including Teddy Bears with imported voices. They also produced bear outfits and accessories. The Bruin Manufacturing Co. was in business for only a few years. In 1907 they labor trouble when the "stuffers" walked out and demanded a share of the profits. Their jobs were easy to fill but labor troubles continued and may have been the reason for the short time in business.

Blissful 1907 Bruin
Blissful has long plush golden colored mohair with a woven label stiched across the right foot with BMC trademark. Features include small ears that are set well apart, black wooden shoe button eyes, voice box squeaker, excelsior stuffing, large long feet with beige colored felt pads, triangular muzzle, black hand embroidered rectangle nose, four short black thread claws on foot and arms, beige felt paw pads and a mouth of black thread.

Wistful 1907 Bruin
Wistful is belived to have been made in New York by Bruin Manufacturing Company. It had long golden colored plush mohair and small brown eyes with black pupils. Additional features include small rounded ears, long narrow feet with beige felt pads, protruding muzzle, black hand embroidered rectangle nose, excelsior stuffing, five black claws stiched, long arms with beige felt pads and fox like face.

Blissful - Bruin Manufacturing Co.

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