Sunday, September 21, 2008

Visit My Christian Blog, Love Bears All Things.

Hello Friends, I'd like to share that I just began a second Blog. It's called, Love Bears All Things. It's a Christian Blog, and has Encouraging Scriptures, Thoughts, Prayers, Poems and so on. It will usually contain some of what I've been studying that day or week. I tend to wander around my Bible, letting God lead me to find what I need for that day. The Blog also has lots of photos of my Garden, my Dogs, some Bears, and other things. I think you'd enjoy it. Just click on the link in the blue sidebar at the left side of this Homepage for a closer look. May God Bless You All Today. Bear Hugs, Carol Jean / lovethemsteiff (This photo is of my Bible Cover. I thought of the name for the Blog before I found the cover. I just had to have something with Bear in the title!)

My Dinky Daisy And Daisy Bear.

This picture was taken last summer when my little Dinky Daisy was a puppy. She's 4 pounds in this photo, and now she's about 7 pounds, full grown at a year old and she has longer hair. She likes to dress up and have her photo taken so one day she was wearing this cute Daisy Dress and I saw my Teddy Bear wearing a Daisy Dress also, so I put them on this little wicker love seat together. Don't they look sweet? (Dinky Daisy is a Pomchi...a Pomeranian / Chihuahua.)

My Dinky Daisy Kissing The Daisy Bear.

Surprise! As I was taking photos, little Dinky Daisy got up and gave the Teddy a kiss on the nose. How sweet was that? Awww. Sweet Puppy. Sweet Teddy. I'm glad they wanted to be friends. (Click on the photo to see it larger.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tiny Ted, A Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear Enjoys The Morning.

Dear Diary, Today was a glorious morning. The sunrise colored the sky with purple, pink and gold. It was stunning. It was as though God spilled his paintbox all over the sky! The colors changed very slowly as the sun peeked over the horizon. I stood in awe. I looked around my garden, bathed in the golden light, and saw the last red hollyhock flower in bloom. Fall is coming and there are very few flowers now left in the garden. I want to appreciate every one. Each day is a gift from God, and has it's own beauty. I hope I always remember to look for it. Good-night, Dear Diary. -Tiny Ted-

Vintage Photo Of Two Boys And Their Toys.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Five Of My First Teddy Bear Friends.

Not all of my bears are fancy collectible Teddy Bears. Here are 5 old friends of mine, and they are as valuable to me as the most expensive Steiff bears in my collection. Their names are Elmer, Pookie (Garfield's friend),Teddy, Buddy (who goes to Flea Markets with me and gives me luck...notice his flea market hat, so the sun doesn't get in his eyes!), and Dana (Named after Dana Andrews, because he wore a bomber jacket like this one in the movie "The Best Years Of Our Lives". They are all just sweet little simple bears, and they were the beginning of my collection. ~Carol Jean~

Hamish, A 12 Inch Merrythought Bear From The 1980's Looks Out From A Japanese Maple Tree.

Hamish is a sweet little bear. He takes turns with Saggy Bear in going to the movies with me, and he keeps his ticket stubs in his Lee Jeans Coverall pocket. He has thick Golden Mohair Plush and he's stuffed with Kapok. His nose and mouth are stitched with black thread and he has plastic eyes. He loves to give and receive hugs. On his right foot is a tag that says Merrythought (A Merrythought is another name for a Good Luck Wish Bone) Ironbridge, Shrops (for Shropshire) Made In England. His other foot is signed by a member of the Merrythought company. I believe it says B. Holmes. He must have been signed at a toy show. I bought a number of nice collectible bears about 10 years ago from a woman who was moving to a smaller home and had to let some of her bears go. You will be meeting more of them in the future. ~Lovethemsteiff~


Flocks, a 1910 Miniature Steiff Teddy Bear, Flies The Flag.

Dearest Diary, Well, here it is again, the Anniversary of 9 - 11. With it comes such a mix of emotions and must be like this for anyone who's lived during the time of war. Teddy Bears don't like to worry about such things, but we are aware of them. It's our job to help our human friends to rally their courage and hope, and give them the support and comfort that they need. I imagine a lot of Teddy Bears got extra hugs today. I'm proud that Teddy Bears have become such a symbol of love and healing to the world. There's more than one organization which donates Teddy Bears to disaster victims, from flood or fire or earthquakes or even war. Orphans in Africa are shipped Teddy Bears along with food and clothing. Police and Fire Fighters carry Teddy Bears with them to give to a child in distress to help sooth them and take their minds off, if only for a little while, the frightening things that they are experiencing. We're also given to the elderly when they are alone or confused to sooth their fears. Healing hugs from us are also welcome in hospitals and doctor's offices. We have a big job to play providing comfort to this world and we are doing our best to fill that job. I'm so proud that after 100 years, the Teddy Bear has become such a valuable token of love and friendship between peoples. I'm proud to be involved. Proud to be a member of this planet Earth. I hope the next 100 years will continue to prove our influence of love on this world. God Bless America, and God Bless The World! Good-Night, Dearest Diary. *Flocks*

Charming Vintage Photo Of A Boy And His Bear, 1920.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Clarence Waves The American Flag.

Teddy Bears have come to be a symbol of peace, love, hope, and faith to all the people of the world. When the attack on the World Trade Center in New York happened on September 11, 2001, people began placing photos of their loved ones who were missing on a fence near the area. Then flowers and other gifts including many teddy bears were placed below them. They symbolized the love that could not be spoken.

Two Steiff Bears Join The Lady Liberty In Rememberance Of September 11, 2001.

The bears are filled with feelings of patriotism. God Bless America!

Mr. Bean's Teddy Wearing Glasses. (Celebrity Bear)

Here's a lovely photo of Mr. Bean's Teddy watching Television with his glasses on. He sees so much better now! Read more about Mr. Bean's Teddy in the posts below this one. Good-Night, Teddy. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Mr. Bean And His Teddy.

This is Rowan Atkinson and his Teddy. They were the stars of the British Comedy Show, Mr. Bean. Teddy usually had only a short part in each show, but that was always my favorite part! I have all of the shows on tape and can watch them when I need something purely silly. On September 9, 2008, Teddy, who had been donated by Rowan Atkinson to The Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, was sold as part of a special auction of bears from that Museum because of it's closing. The auction was held by Bonham's in Knowles and Mr. Bean's Teddy sold for 180 pounds, or $333.00 American dollars. ~Lovethemsteiff~

The Teddy Bear Museum In Englad Is Closed And The Contents Sold.

September 9, 2008, According to the BBC, The Teddy Bear Museum, based on Stratford-Upon-Avon, in England is being closed, and the contents were actioned. This photo is of the Museum front, and for 20 years, the World's Biggest, and Best Loved Bear sat in the entrance of the Museum. Hundreds of Thousands of children have played on him, including 2 Royal Princesses. One report states that the 11 foot bear had not been sold, but a different report from the auction house of Bonham's in Knowles stated that the bear did sell, for 18 pounds. (If anyone has the correct information, please share it with me by making a comment in the place provided below this post.) The Museum has been in a transition state for the last few years, as the owners wished to retire. Some of the world's most famous bears had been donated or lent to the Museum and now, unfortunately, the collection has had to be broken up and sold. Some of the bears were actioned on Sept. 9 th. Please share any further information you may come across in a comment below. Thank you. ~Lovethemsteiff~ (Further information on the sale of this museum is included in the comment below by Lynda, from A Friendly Company Of Bears.)

6 Tiny Steiff Teddy Bears Prepare For 9 -11 Remembrance Day.

Six Little Steiff Miniature Teddy Bears, (3 1/2 inches tall) load into their wagons and prepare for 9 - 11 Remembrance Day, tomorrow. Everyone is hanging out their flags this week and our thoughts return to that fateful day, 7 years ago. Lest we forget...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Guess Who This Sweet Little Bear Is!? (Celebrity Bear)

Look at this Sweet Little you recognise him? It's the actual bear belonging to Mr. Thurston Howell The Third, from The Gilligan's Island Television Show! His name was Teddy! I can remember Mr. Howell sleeping with Teddy tucked up under his chin, pressed tightly to his chest, as he confided in Teddy's sympathetic ear. He was a great comfort to him, no matter what was going wrong on that island. I think it's funny to think of this powerful man, boarding that little boat, The Minnow, carrying his suitcase full of money, with his teddy bear tucked safely inside. ~Carol Jean~

Mr. Sanders Plays With The Tiny Steiff Teddies On His Boat.

Dear Diary, Today, I (Tiny Ted), and my friends, Mike, Baby Bear, Golda, Little Ted and Little Ed, (all 3 1/2 inch Vintage Steiff Miniature Bears From Germany), were invited on a boat trip with our friend Mr. Sanders. (Mr. Sanders is a Herman Bear from Germany.) He is a great boats man and often races his boat on the lake in competition, so we knew we were in good hands. It was a beautiful day for boating, with a gentle breeze, but not so strong as to tip the boat over! We sailed around the lake for while and listened to the water slapping the sides of the boat. The gentle rocking from the waves and the caressing breeze all worked together to make me fall asleep. If it hadn't been for Mr. Sanders keeping watch, I may have fallen over the side! But everything was safe with him there. After an hour or so we decided we'd better return to shore, before we all developed a sun burn. Baby Bear was relieved to get back, because he's been watching Gilligan's Island on TV lately, and thought we might get shipwrecked on a deserted island! But Mr. Sanders reassured him that there were no deserted islands on this lake. Once we'd returned to shore, we discovered a picnic lunch had been prepared for us by Mr. Sanders before we left. We ate peanut butter and banana sandwiches, corn on the cob, chocolate chip cookies, and lemonade. Once we had eaten, we all lay down on the warm grass and watched the clouds roll by. Baby Bear and Little Ted both fell asleep and I did too, for a bit. Then it was time to go home. So we gathered up the picnic things and Mr. Sanders picked up his boat. Then we all had a nice walk home. It was a memorable day, and I hope he asks us again sometime. Boy, I'll have a good night's sleep tonight! Good-Night, Dear Diary. Tiny Ted

A Loopy-Cheeky By Merrythought Stands On His Head.

This is a funny little 14 inch Loopy-Cheeky Bear by Merrythought in England. He is Loop Jointed so he can flop about. He's made of the most Wonderful Silky Mohair Plush, that looks Sparse so he appears to be old, but he's really only a few years old. He has Bells in his Ears, as all Cheeky Bears do. He's a pleasure to behold when the world gets a little bleak. ~Lovethemsteiff~


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Six China Head Dolls And Two Miniature Steiff Club Bears Have Their Portraits Taken.

Dear Diary, Today us two Steiff Club Miniature Bears, (Teddy and Bear) visited Lovethemsteiff's China Head Dolls. Not everyone knows that Dolls and Bears get along very well, if they can find where they have something in common. Tea Parties are always a good thing that we both enjoy, and just being in the garden. It was a fine day today, and we decided to sit for a group portrait. The dolls wanted me to tell you that the three dolls in the front of the photo are from the American Civil War period. You can tell by their "Flat Top" hairstyles. The doll on the left in the front looks like Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale. She was a famous and much loved Swedish singer in the 19 th century. Lovethemsteiff's grandmother Helen Headland wrote a book about Jenny Lind a long time ago, and the book has been re-published and can still be purchased today. It was surprising to find a genuine antique China Head doll of Jenny Lind with a pink dress, and realize that Lovethemsteiff had dressed her doll the very same way. The three dolls in the back row are called "Low Brows" because their curls come down low on their foreheads. The blond color hair is less common. These dolls were made from the 1880's or so to around 1910. You can tell by the care put into the face paint that these are in the older range. The two dolls on either end of the back row are wearing parts of their original outfits with new pieces added. I like to hear the dolls tell of how they lived in the old Pioneer days and traveled across country in covered wagons. Children had fewer toys in those days, and these China Head Dolls were treasured possessions...just like us Teddy Bears were for later generations. Lovethemsteiff has a favorite saying..."It's never too late to have a happy childhood." I believe she's right! Good-Night, Dear Diary, Teddy.

Civil War Era Girl With A China Head Doll.

Here is a Charming Vintage Civil War Era Photo of a little girl holding her Precious China Head Doll. It looks like a Jenny Lind doll. Jenny Lind lived from 1820 -1887. She was a Swedish girl that was known for her wholesomeness and the purity of her soprano voice. It was said she sounded like a little bird singing, that's why they called her The Swedish Nightingale. In 1850, P.T. Barnum, the great showman, brought Jenny to New York for her first concert tour in America. Because of his heavy promotion, excited crowds flocked to her concerts and her name and image were on every imaginable consumer goods, such as toys, clothing, furniture, music, gloves, and so on. There was such a demand for anything to do with Jenny Lind, they called the excitement "Lindomania". This was even stronger in England than in the United States. It's said she was the first real public celebrity. Eventually, she retired from public life and married her music arranger. It is said that the world will never again hear a voice so sweet. I wish that I could hear her voice for myself. Sometimes I wish I had a time machine, and I would go back and see so many wonderful things. If you could go back in time, what would you like to see? ~Lovethemsteiff~

The Vintage Bear "Smiley" Joins A Civil War Era China Head Doll.

A Pretty Pair...See the post from a few days ago on August 30th, to learn more about the Vintage Bear "Smiley". Here he's shown with one of his good friends, a Civil War Era China Head Doll that was purchased at the same Toy Show as the bear, in Maquoketa, Iowa a few years ago. The hairstyle (Called a Flattop Hairstyle) of the Doll tells us that she is from around the 1860's. Her body crumbled away many years ago and has been replaced with a new one. This doesn't effect the value of the doll significantly, because a doll who's leaking sawdust is not very desirable. I made the Miniature Doll Quilt using 1 inch squares of reproduction fabrics and Homespun Plaids. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Steiff Family Tree 1,000 Piece Puzzle.

This is a 1,000 piece Jigsaw puzzle of the Steiff Family Tree. As you can see, Steiff has made many different styles of bears, all of them of the highest quality.
This puzzle was made in Holland for Milton Bradley The Gallery. The finished size when completed is 19 1/2 inches by 29 1/2 inches.

If you enjoy making Jigsaw Puzzles, please check out the puzzles made with my photos (Lovethemsteiff) by Jig zone. It's Free and Fun! Just look for the link in the blue sidebar at the left of this Web page. ~Lovethemsteiff~

A Tiny 3 1/2 Inch Steiff Bendy Bear Reads About The Titanic Disaster In An Old Newspaper.

Dear Diary, This afternoon my brother and I spent some time cleaning out the attic of our home. In an old dusty trunk, we found a yellowed newspaper, The New York Times, from April, 1912. We took it downstairs to read in the evening. On the front page was the terrible story of the Sinking Of The Titanic. The headline reads, "Titanic sinks four hours after hitting an Iceberg." The paper went on to say that the R.M.S. Titanic sank in the chilly waters of the North Atlantic. 2,340 people were on that ship. 705 were saved. 1,635 souls were lost, on April 15, 1912. It was a sad story. A book written in 1955 tells the rest of the story very well. It's called "A Night To Remember" by Walter Lord. The Illustrated Edition is full of black and white photos of the ship and some of the passengers and crew, and tells the story as it really happened from information that was gathered at the time of the accident.

What does this have to do with Teddy Bears, you may ask. Well, here are the stories of two bears that were on that ship during that fateful voyage, and they lived on to tell about it! They are "Gatti's Bear" and "Polar". Read about them in the posts below. ~Carol Jean~

Postcard From The Museum Of Childhood Of "Gatti's Bear" or "The Titanic Teddy Bear".

This is a postcard photo from my Collection, of "Gatti's Bear" or "The Titanic Teddy Bear" from the Museum Of Childhood, Ribchester, Lancashire. This small, gold mohair bear, with a metal body, is believed to have been made in Germany by Gebruder Bing. In 1907, Paris, the little bear was purchased as a gift for Vittorio Gatti by his seafaring uncle. Vittorio loved the little bear, but the gift was considered too valuable for him to play with and it was kept as an ornament for display. In 1912, Vittorio's father, Gaspare Gatti, accepted a job as catering manager on the brand-new ocean liner, Titanic. Vittorio gave the bear to his father to take along on his voyage as a good luck mascot. He tucked it inside his tobacco pouch which he kept in a pocket in his coattails. On the night of April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an ice burg, tearing a gash along the side of the boat below the water line, allowing water to pour in, and in less than three hours, the boat disappeared into the ocean. Because there were not enough life boats for all the passengers and crew of the ship, many people were lost at sea. Gaspare Gatti was last seen standing on the deck, wearing his top hat, a small case in his hand and a traveling blanket over one arm. He did not survive the disaster and his body, along with others, were recovered from the sea and buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The few belongings that were recovered with his body were returned to his widow, Edith. Safely tucked inside his tobacco pouch was found the little bear, remarkably unharmed by his terrible ordeal. Edith kept the little bear with her for the rest of her life. Later, during World War Two, they were living in London when their home was destroyed by German Bombs. Luckily, the little brave bear managed to survive this ordeal also. When Edith died in 1962, the bear was returned to his original owner, her son Vittorio. Upon his death in 1974, the bear passed along to Vittorio's widow, Marjory. Then on April 14, 1990, exactly 78 years to the day after the Titanic went down, the bear was donated to the Museum Of Childhood where he quickly became the star of the museum. There he's been seen by people from all around the world, and they've learned his story. Two years later, the Merrythought soft-toy company in England produced 5,000 replicas of the little bear, each in a special presentation box telling his remarkable story. ~Lovethemsteiff~

Rare Titanic Black Mourning Bear By Steiff, 1912. (Fun Facts.)

Christie's Auction House in London, South Kensington, sold on December 4, 2000, an exceptionally fine and rare, though rather sad faced, Steiff Black Teddy Bear for $136,000.00. (Or, 91,750 pounds.) The bear was one of only 600 which were made especially for the British market in May 1912, to show empathy for the loss of the passengers of the R.M.S. Titanic. (Photo by Christie's.) Not long after the Christie's sale, Steiff made a 13 inch reproduction of the toy. ~Lovethemsteiff~

The Book "Polar The Titanic Bear" By Daisy Corning Stone Spedden.

Polar The Titanic Bear is a True Story Book for Children. Written by Daisy Coring Stone Spedden for and about her son Douglas and his bear, "Polar". Illustrated by Laurie McGaw. Young Douglas and his Steiff Polar Bear survived the Titanic Disaster of 1912 with his family. Later his mother wrote the story of what had occurred, as if it were being seen through the eyes of the bear. This story and photographs of the family, including some of "Polar", were recently found in an old trunk. The book was published in 1994 by Madison Press Limited, all rights reserved. The book gives the reader a look into Edwardian life through the story, photographs and detailed illustrations. I would recommend it to anyone.

Titanic Bear "Polar" And His Boy, Douglas

This is an illustration by Laurie McGaw for the book, "Polar The Titanic Bear." It's a picture of Douglas and his Steiff Polar Bear named "Polar". Here they are waiting together for their turn to board the lifeboats so they can escape the sinking ship.

Titanic Bear "Polar" Replica By Steiff, 1999.

This Steiff Titanic "Polar" Bear Replica was made in 1999 to remember the story of the young boy, Douglas, that survived the Titanic disaster of 1912, together with his Steiff Polar bear. This replica is a limited edition of only 5,000 worldwide. It's size is 25cm, or 10 inches tall. It's made of Mohair Plush and is jointed. It wears a medallion on a blue ribbon around it's neck.

Tiny Ted (A 3 1/2 inch Steiff Teddy Bear) Dances With A Madame Alexander Doll At Christmas.

Dear Diary, Today. I (Tiny Ted) was browsing through some photographs I took last Christmas. It's fun to look back and see how things change from year to year. Last year, I decided to put up two Christmas trees, one on each side of the fireplace. I invited the Madame Alexander Doll to come and help me Celebrate the Season. She was very good at decorating the tops of the trees, because she's taller than me. Then she arranged my Christmas cards on the fireplace mantle for me. Everything looked so festive! Afterwards, we had some Christmas cookies I'd baked and decorated that afternoon. They were very good, if I say so myself! Then we played some Christmas music on an old Victrola Record Player I'd found in the attic not long ago. The Doll was a very good dancer and didn't step on my feet, not even once! And of course I didn't step on her feet either, because Bears Are Very Good Dancers! All in all, we had an enjoyable time together. I'll have to remember to invite her back again this year. Thanks for the memories! Good-night, Dear Diary. -Tiny Ted-

Two Teddy Bears Do A Mexican Hat Dance.

Dear Diary, Today I (Constant O'Malley) and my good friend Saggy bear accompanied Lovethemsteiff and her sister out for dinner. (We were their dates!) We chose a very good Mexican Restaurant, Carlos O'Kelly's and we shared the Nachos Grande. It was extremely good! I love the Ce so Cheese Sauce and beans the best. Saggy bear got a bite with a lot of Hot Jalapeno Peppers in it and boy did his face turn red! It was funny! He took a big drink of his Root Beer to wash it down. After dinner was cleared away, the waiter, Chris, was kind enough to let us examine one of the Gorgeous Mexican Sombreros that were decorating the walls. But first, Chris tried it on for us and we laughed as he did a little dance with it on, clicking his fingers as he did so. Then he placed the hat on the table and us bears did our best to do a Mexican Hat Dance. The hat was just the right size for us to dance upon. We all had a very good time and I hope we get to do it again someday. Good-Night, Dear Diary. ~Constant O'Malley~

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

"The Bear Dance" Painting By William Beard.


Monday, September 01, 2008

Two Miniature Steiff Teddy Bears Wait At The Bus Stop.

Dear Diary, Today, I (Little Ted) met Little Ed already waiting at the Bus Stop when I arrived there. This is the first day of school and we will be in the same class together...class number two. This is our second year so we know what to expect, except we know that every year everything gets harder. After a Summer of playing and not having to think too much, it will be different to have to use our heads for a change. Luckily, I visited the library every week and took out and read a book each time, so at least I haven't forgotten how to read! But I know for some of the bears, it will be like starting all over again. It was a beautiful day today. It was a shame to have to be indoors the whole time. The leaves are beginning to change on the trees over head. It looks like it's going to be a pretty fall. Well, I'd better so to sleep now, Dear Diary. Tomorrow is another big day. -Little Ted-

Six Tiny 3 1/2 Inch Steiff Teddy Bears Go Off To School.

Here go six Tiny Teddies off to school in My Little Yellow Bus. They are, from left to right, front row, Tiny Ted, Little Ed, and Baby Bear. Back row, left to right, we have Golda, Little Ted, and Mike. They're traveling down a brick road on their first day of school. They're so excited to see what they can learn. Maybe their Twice Times Twos, and their A B Cs, and perhaps they'll do some finger painting, and oh, all sorts of fun things. Baby Bear brought his sack lunch with him, but forgot it was on the seat and sat on it. For the rest of the day he smelled like Bananas. Let's hope he has a better start to the day tomorrow. Good-Night, little bears. ~Lovethemsteiff~