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Ideal Novelty and Toy Company Teddy Bears

Ideal Novelty and Toy Company Teddy Bear

Rose Michtom's - "Teddy Bear"

The story of the original Teddy Bear began in 1902 when Clifford K. Berryman published a cartoon in the Washington Post regarding a bear hunting trip that President Theodore Roosevelt had taken in Mississippi. President Roosevelt was unlucky in his hunting trip and his only chance of a kill was a bear cub cornered and tied to a tree. He refused to shoot the small bear cub and the press lovingly referred to the young bear as a Teddy Bear.

Inspired by Berryman's political cartoon depicting Roosevelt with the bear cub, Rose Michtom created a bear doll and sold it as "Teddy's Bear" at her husband New York novelty and stationary store. By 1903 Morris and Rose Michtom were producing and selling hunderd's of Teddy Bears. Most were furnished to the wholesale firm Butler Brothers of Brooklyn, New York. Morris & Rose Michtom's Teddy Bear was an instant sucess. The Michtom's, along with the Butler Brothers, began to created stuffed Teddy Bears and sell them everywhere.

In 1905 the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company was formed by Morris & Rose Michtom with financial help of the Butler Brothers. The company changed its name to Ideal Toy Company in 1938. The popularity of Teddy Bears turned its inventors from owners of a small local novelty store into one of the largest toy companies in history.

Ideal Novelty's first Teddy Bear was a large golden mohair 19 1/2 inches tall. Early Ideal bears were not labeled and can only be identified by their general shape and by certain design details. Details like triangular heads, pointed foot pads, black nose, long tapered arms, curved paws, beige felt pads, rounded thighs, rounded heels, pointed toes, short plush golden mohair and stuffing is excelsior. Shiny black shoebutton eyes were on early Ideal bears.

Another early Ideal Teddy Bear produced about 1905 was 17 inches tall had short beige mohair, black shoe button eyes, long arms, curved paws, plush excelsior stuffing, four beige claws on paws, five on feet, rounded feet, rust colored triangle cloth nose and large ears.

Other early Ideal Novelty and Toy Company Teddy Bears included a small beige mohair only 11 inches tall produced about 1904-1905, a 12 inch Teddy with cartoon style eyes built from 1904 to 1912 and a 16 inch teddy with glass eyes produced in 1914.

1906-1907 Ideal Teddy Bear

1906-1907 Ideal Teddy Bear

In the 1930s a large 26 inch black mohair Ideal Teddy Bear was produced. Today it is very rare to find one. It was unmarked but had many of the characteristics associated with Ideal teddy bears. It had a large triangular head with slender body and limbs. Other features included large cupped ears, white nose, thin limbs with no feet, jointed head and limbs, small yellow glass eyes, long slinder torso and excelsior stuffing.

In the 1940s three different Ideal bear dolls were produced. (1) A small unjointed 10 inch bear with large ears, black glass eyes and long cinnamon colored mohair. (2) A medium unjointed 15 inch bear with swivel jointed head, brown glass eyes with black pupils and plush cinnamon colored mohair. (3) A large joined 17 inch bear with brown glass eyes, rounded mussle, hard plastic nose, plush cinnomon red mohair, felt pads on feet and arms and small feet.

In the 1950s a vinyl character face, hands and feet Ideal bear was produced. It was 12 inches tall and had a large white stomach, short chubby brown limbs, stubby tail and large floppy ears. In 1953 The Ideal Toy Co. was awwarded a license for the first Smokey Bear Stuffed toy promoting the Forest Fire Prevention Campaign of the

The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia

The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia

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