• 8 Apr
    2013

Steiff Worthologist Rebekah Kaufman to Speak, Offer Appraisals at IDEX Show

Our Steiff Worthologist and forums moderator Rebekah Kaufman will be attending the annual IDEX doll and Teddy bear show April 11-14 in Orlando, Fla., giving a presentation on the history of Steiff through its dolls on Friday at 1 p.m. and offering vintage Steiff identification and valuation services all day on Friday and Saturday. IDEX […]

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  • 2 Apr
    2013

Teddy Bear Hospital: Helping Childhood Friends back to Loving Condition

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) I have been very busy lately, as there have been many vintage bears needing care and restoration. In this article, we will look at two childhood friends—one from the 1930s and one from the 1950s. They’re both still with their […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

Toy Museum Opens Mechanical Toy Exhibit in April

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) A special exhibit of moving toys of the past century  will be on display at Toy Worlds Museum Basle in Basel, Switzerland, April 20 through Oct. 6. “To Wind Up and Charge” features displays of early wind-up toys to more recent battery-operated offerings. The still-functioning toys on display […]

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  • 15 Mar
    2013

Collecting the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ — A Look at King Kong Memorabilia

It was 80 years ago this month that movie-going audiences were first introduced to one of filmdom’s most iconic—and arguably tragic—characters: the gargantuan-sized gorilla, King Kong. A masterpiece of fantasy cinema, “King Kong” made its premiere on March 2, 1933 at two venues: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and its sister cinema, the […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

It’s not Easy Being Green, even for Steiff’s Endearing Emerald Creations

It’s easy to be thinking “green” this time of year. Spring, for us folks in the northern hemisphere is showing signs of emerging, and St. Patrick’s Day—which inspires a universal “wearing of the green”—is right around the corner, wherever you live. But to borrow Kermit the Frog’s beloved lyrics, “it’s not easy being green,” especially […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Teddies Reviewed: Spreading Joy for More Than a Century

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As we begin another Teddy Bear year, it is an excellent idea to stop and think about how wonderful the teddy bear has been for mankind. For more than 100 years, teddy bears have brought countless joy and companionship to countless recipients. […]

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  • 1 Mar
    2013

Googly Eyes Help Place Mid-Century Steiff U.S. Military Academy Mascot Mule

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Don’t go rolling your eyes over this silly Steiff Army mule! What we […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2013

French Bébé Doll Soars Past Estimate, Sells for $18,000 at Dolls & Teddy Auction

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) DENVER, Pa. – A Japanese collector paid $18,000 for a 23-inch French bisque bébé doll at Morphy Auctions’ Doll and Teddy Bear sale held Dec. 4, 2012, in Denver, Pa. The doll, marked “Eden Bebe Paris 9,” had been expected to sell for […]

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  • 16 Jan
    2013

Charlie Bears May Be Young but They’re Growing

Just seven years since Charlie Bears was founded, the British maker of artist-designed bears and friends is preparing to launch its biggest collection yet—about 60 new plush characters that will be available in more than 30 countries around the world in February 2013. “It’s our largest range of plush bears yet, as we will now […]

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  • 3 Jan
    2013

Steiff’s Jackie Bears Issued to Mark the Golden Anniversary of the Teddy Bear

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of over 750 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Items: These two Steiff Teddy bears really do represent the “gold standard” of Steiff’s early […]

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