The production of American made teddy bears became a cottage enterprise response to the importation of bears made in Germany within the early 1900s. Working in their homes and small workshops in and round New York City, American seamstresses worked diligently to meet the general public demands for teddy bears. It changed into expected there were extra than 100 makers of American teddy bears via 1907.
Playthings became the single most vital trade magazine for toys at the time. The first agency to market it inside the July 1906 issue of Playthings become Keystone Novelty Company. Only the largest organizations advertised in this book. Aetna Toy and Novelty Company, Bruin Manufacturing Company, Columbia Teddy Bear Manufacturing Company, Hecla, and Strauss Manufacturing all advertised their products in Playthings.
The Keystone Novelty Company changed its call to the Aetna Bear of the Aetna Novelty Company in the latter 1/2 of 1906. The bears produced and distributed by using George Borgfeldt have been completely jointed and marked with an Aetna stamp on every right foot pad. The bears at the start were produced in seven sizes, which later elevated to nine sizes. Other features that characterised these bears included flat foot pad covered with cardboard, medium period mohair bodies, shoebutton eyes, felt pads of top pleasant fabric, and noses made from silk embroidery.
It is useful that the Aetna Bears were marked since many of the early American made bears have been unmarked, making it hard to become aware of who produced the endure and what year the undergo was added.
The Bruin Manufacturing Company, additionally placed in New York City, first advertised their bears in January 1907. The bears produced by using this organization can be identified via a woven label marked "BMC" in gold. This label become sewn diagonally across the proper foot pad of the undergo. The bears of the Bruin Company have been produced of excessive fine medium period white or brown mohair. The eyes had been manufactured from painted glass with black students. The noses have been crafted of black or brown embroidery. The bears have been gentle crammed and had 4 claws according to paw.
Little is understood about every other New York based company, Columbia Teddy Bear Manufacturing Company. This business enterprise produced the very popular Roosevelt Laughing Bear. The Roosevelt endure was fabricated from brief, bright gold mohair and had an open mouth. When the stomach of the Roosevelt Bear became driven within the mouth would open to show milk glass enamel. The internal of the endure’s mouth turned into crafted of red cardboard. The undergo become made with either glass or shoebutton eyes, thin felt was used for the paw pads, and the nostril become crafted with black embroidery threads stitched horizontally. The toothy smile of the Roosevelt Bear changed into designed to imitate the toothy smile of Theodore Roosevelt.
The Strauss Manufacturing Company produced a diffusion of toys and turned into known as the "Toy King." The Strauss enterprise produced bears that made sounds when shaken or when a manage, coming out the endure’s lower back and attached to a tune container in the tummy of the bear turned into turned. This endure became crafted from dense, medium length mohair in brown or white, with smooth leather paws and footpads. The eyes have been shoebutton and the nostril turned into designed with black embroidery.
By 1908 the popularity of the teddy endure had dwindled. The companies that had struggled to preserve up with the demand for American teddy bears were vanishing from the New York scene. Non-the-much less, these American teddy bears are good sized additions to a teddy bear series.