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(Teddy) Bear timeline

1834 - 1899

1834 Robert Southey writes 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Southey was an English poet and writer, who lived from 1774 till 1843.
1850 The Knickerbocker Toy Company was founded in Albany, New York, and initially manufactured educational toys.
1863 Gebrüder Bing is founded by the brothers Ignaz and Adolf Bing in Nuremberg, Germany.
1880 Margarete Steiff founded the Steiff Company in Giengen, Germany. It becomes the world most famous soft toy company.
1894 German Toy company Gebrüder Süssenguth publishes a catalogue with a soft, stuffed, toy teddy bear.

The Jungle Book is written by Joseph Rudyard Kipling.
1898 German immigrant Adolph Gund founded Gund, which is now the oldest plush toy company in the United States.

Jungle Book

1900 - 1919

1902 November, US President Theodore Roosevelt refuses to shoot a tethered bear, saying it's unsportsmanlike and orders the bear's release.

November 16, Clifford Berryman's cartoon 'Drawing the Line in Mississippi' was first published in The Washington Post. It depicts the reported incident in which President Theodore Roosevelt went on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi.
1903 February, Morris and Rose Michtom of Brooklyn, New York, create a stuffed bear in honour of Roosevelt's actions and name it 'Teddy's Bear'. The Mitchums found the first teddy bear manufacturer in the United States. It is called the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.

March, Steiff introduces his bear at the Leipzig Toy Fair. Steiff sells 3,000 of its Baer 55PB to American toy buyer Herman Berg, who is aware of the growing teddy bear crazy in the United States. By the end of the year, the order had been increased to 12,000 bears.
1904 The Steiff trademark "Knopf im Ohr" (Button in Ear) is introduced. Originally there is an elephant on the relief. In 1905, the button is patented and the elephant is dropped for the company name.
1906 October 1906, American manufacturer E.J. Horsman places the first advertisement to use the words 'Teddy Bear' rather than 'Teddy's Bear' in the American toy trade magazine Playthings.
1907 Music of the famous song, The Teddy Bear's Picnic, is composed by John Walter Bratton. The song was originally called 'The Teddy Bear Two-Step'. Bratton was an American composer, who lived from 1867 till 1947.

Dean's Rag Book Company publishes 'Teddy Bear', a children's book written by Alice Scott and illustrated by Sybil Scott Paley.
1908 The English J.K. Farnell company makes the first British teddy bear.
1919 The first British comic teddy bear character, Bobby Bear, is published in the Daily Herald.


1920 - 1939

1920 Little Lost Bear, the first Rupert Bear picture story written and illustrated by Mary Tourtel, appears in the UK newspaper The Daily Express.
1921 German company Schuco patented the Yes/No bear, which shook its head 'no' or nodded 'yes' depending on how its tail was moved.

August 21, A. A. Milne and his wife give an 18-inch-high teddy bear from Harrods's in London to their son, Christopher Robin Milne, on his first birthday. The bear was later named Winnie the Pooh.
1924 Walt Disney produces 'Alice and the Three Bears', the first animation film with a teddy bear theme.
1926 A.A. Milne publishes Winnie the Pooh. The book is based on his son's adventures with his teddy bear and other stuffed animals.
1930 Jimmy Kennedy writes the lyrics of 'The Teddy Bear's Picnic', which were set to the original music written in 1907.
1935 The original publication of Bolke the Bear, written by A.D. Hildebrand and illustrated by A. de Wolf.

Winnie the Pooh

1940 - 1959

1944 Smokey the Bear is adopted as the United States Forest Fire Prevention Campaign mascot.
1945 Aloysius is a teddy bear in 'Brideshead Revisited', a novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1945.
1948 Biffo The Bear appears for the first time in the Beano comic.
1951 November 17, the first episode of Petzi appears in Berlingske Aftenavis, a Danish newspaper, drawn by Wilhelm and Carla Hansen.
1952 First appearance of Sooty, the teddy bear glove puppet and magician, on British television.
1957 Elvis Presley releases a song entitled 'Teddy Bear'.
1958 The first Paddington story, 'A Bear Called Paddington' by Michael Bond, is published.

Yogi Bear first appears on "Huckleberry Hound." Yogi has his own show three years later.
1959 Walt Disney acquires the rights to Winnie the Pooh.

Yogi Bear

1960 - 1979

1960 Colargol is 'born' in France. His mother is Olga Pouchine, who creates the Colargol stories for her son
1962 December 10, the first series of Nounours appears on French television.
1964 June 3, release date for 'Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!', with Yogi Bear.
1967 October 18, the Jungle Book is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
1971 September 11, the first episode of Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! is aired on CBS in the USA.
1973 The first issue of Bamse is published in Sweden and has been one of the children's favourite in Sweden ever since. Bamse's father is his drawer Rune Andréasson.
1975 Walt Disney's first animated film of Winnie the Pooh is released.
1976 October, the first series of the Bear Boat is aired on Dutch television.

Fozzie Bear makes his appearance in the first episode of the Muppet Show.

Fozzie Bear

1980 - 1999

1980 Steiff celebrates their 100th anniversary and open the Steiff Museum in Giengen, Germany.
1981 The Care Bears are characters designed by American Greetings for greeting cards.
1983 The Oliver B. Bumble movie was the first Dutch animated feature film. It's internationally known as 'Dexter the Dragon & Bumble the Bear'.
1985 The London auction house Christie, holds the first teddy bear only auction.
1987 Forever Friends Bears are designed by Deborah Jones.
1989 'Happy Anniversary', a 1926 tipped mohair Steiff bear, was sold at auction in London for £ 55,000 to American Paul Volpp as a 42nd wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Rosemary.
1994 4 January, the cartoon series Teddy Trucks is aired by the BBC in Great Britain.

'Teddy Girl', a 1904 cinnamon Steiff bear was sold at auction in London for £ 110,000 to Yoshihiro Sekiguchi, founder of the Teddy Bear Museum in Izu, Japan.
1996 Yoshihiro Sekiguchi buys 'Teddy Edward', billed as the world's most travelled bear, at auction for £ 34,500.
1998 Teddy bear 'Guinness' enters The Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest teddy bear, he's just 8.5mm tall and made by Lynn Lumb of Halifax, England.

Forever Friends

2000 - 2012

2000 At a charity auction in Monaco, a South Korean businessman pays US$ 210,000 for a new Steiff teddy bear in Louis Vuitton clothes and accessories.
2002 The world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the teddy bear.
2003 October 20, the Disney movie Brother Bear is released in cinemas.
2006 August 17, Brother Bear 2 is released directly on DVD.
2010 Yogi Bear is a 2010 American live-action film adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Yogi Bear Show.

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