Steiff

 

 

The legend has lived through many generations of children and collectors

It was her nephew, Richard, who made what is believed to be the first 'teddy bear' toy in 1902.

 In 1880, Margarete Steiff made the first stuffed animal that would become legendary.  A seamstress, who was confined to a wheelchair by polio, she started by making elephant pincushions.  When children started to play with them, she made them larger and added all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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