The manufacturing of American made teddy bears was a cottage business response to the importation of bears made in Germany within the early 1900s. Working of their houses and small workshops in and round New York Metropolis, American seamstresses labored diligently to satisfy the general public calls for for teddy bears. It was estimated there have been greater than 100 makers of American teddy bears by 1907.
Playthings was the one most vital commerce journal for toys on the time. The primary firm to promote within the July 1906 problem of Playthings was Keystone Novelty Firm. Solely the biggest corporations marketed on this publication. Aetna Toy and Novelty Firm, Bruin Manufacturing Firm, Columbia Teddy Bear Manufacturing Firm, Hecla, and Strauss Manufacturing all marketed their merchandise in Playthings.
The Keystone Novelty Firm modified its title to the Aetna Bear of the Aetna Novelty Firm within the latter half of 1906. The bears produced and distributed by George Borgfeldt had been totally jointed and marked with an Aetna stamp on every proper foot pad. The bears initially had been produced in seven sizes, which later expanded to 9 sizes. Different options that characterised these bears included flat foot pad lined with cardboard, medium size mohair our bodies, shoebutton eyes, felt pads of fine high quality materials, and noses fabricated from silk embroidery.
It’s useful that the Aetna Bears had been marked since most of the early American made bears had been unmarked, making it tough to establish who produced the bear and what yr the bear was launched.
The Bruin Manufacturing Firm, additionally situated in New York Metropolis, first marketed their bears in January 1907. The bears produced by this firm might be recognized by a woven label marked “BMC” in gold. This label was sewn diagonally throughout the appropriate foot pad of the bear. The bears of the Bruin Firm had been produced of top quality medium size white or brown mohair. The eyes had been fabricated from painted glass with black pupils. The noses had been crafted of black or brown embroidery. The bears had been mushy stuffed and had 4 claws per paw.
Little is understood about one other New York based mostly firm, Columbia Teddy Bear Manufacturing Firm. This firm produced the very fashionable Roosevelt Laughing Bear. The Roosevelt bear was fabricated from brief, vibrant gold mohair and had an open mouth. When the stomach of the Roosevelt Bear was pushed within the mouth would open to indicate two milk glass tooth. The within of the bear’s mouth was crafted of purple cardboard. The bear was made with both glass or shoebutton eyes, skinny felt was used for the paw pads, and the nostril was crafted with black embroidery threads stitched horizontally. The toothy smile of the Roosevelt Bear was designed to mimic the toothy smile of Theodore Roosevelt.
The Strauss Manufacturing Firm produced quite a lot of toys and was referred to as the “Toy King.” The Strauss firm produced bears that made sounds when shaken or when a deal with, popping out the bear’s again and hooked up to a music field within the tummy of the bear was turned. This bear was crafted from dense, medium size mohair in brown or white, with mushy leather-based paws and footpads. The eyes had been shoebutton and the nostril was designed with black embroidery.
By 1908 the recognition of the teddy bear had diminished. The businesses that had struggled to maintain up with the demand for American teddy bears had been vanishing from the New York scene. Non-the-less, these American teddy bears are important additions to a teddy bear assortment.