Margarete Steiff – 2021 Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee

2021 Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductee

2021 Posthumous Inductee – Margarete Steiff Born in 1847 in Giengen an der Brenz, Germany, Margarete Steiff (1847-1909) was stricken with polio at 18 months old and would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. As a young girl, her parents arranged for her to take sewing lessons along with her sisters; they felt these lessons were vitally important so that she could one day support herself. Even though polio had left her permanently paralyzed, she learned to …

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Steiff Anniversary Marks 140 Years of Business

Steiff Anniversary Celebrates 140 Years

Steiff Anniversary Celebrates 140 Years   The Steiff Anniversary marks 140 years with a new collection of plush, collectibles, and baby products at Toy Fair New York. The Steiff North America collection will make its debut alongside “some awe-inspiring studio animals” when the company hosts a 140th anniversary party at its booth on Saturday, Feb. 22. Party guests will receive a sweet treat and gift while supplies last, and will have a chance to win a 140th Anniversary Paddy Teddy …

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Margarete Steiff: A Brief Biography

Margarete Steiff - Founder of Steiff

Margarete Steiff – Founder of Steiff Margarete Steiff: A paralyzed seamstress created a toy empire. She managed to be incredible, as a woman with her disability was already written off in the 19th century. Despite her fate, the German Margarete Steiff did not give up and created the toy empire that still exists today. An inconspicuous tailor in a wheelchair created the first plush toys. Among them is the legendary teddy bear. Apolonia Margarete, or even Gretel – as everyone …

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The Teddy Bear Who Took On Hitler’s Third Reich

Tom Matthews and WW2 Steiff Bear

Tom Matthews and the WWII Steiff Bear This is the four foot, battered teddy bear who took on Hitler’s Third Reich – and won. Quite simply, there’s not a bear in the world who can boast the wartime exploits of this paw-atrooper. Yes, he needs some TLC – he’s effectively blind, with buttons for eyes, and the ears need re-stitching. But that’s hardly surprising for a mascot that marched with our troops all the way to Berlin. The toy trooper …

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A Beary Merry Steiff Christmas Season

Hand Made Steiff Teddy Bear

Christmas Is A Busy Time At Steiff By Becky Evans November 25, 2012 They are known for producing the most collectable bears in the world. And 110 years after the birth of the first Steiff teddy bear, the factory is as busy as ever producing fine toys in time for Christmas. The Steiff factory is still based in Giengen an der Brenz, Germany – the birthplace of its founder Margarete Steiff – and with teddy bears still among the most …

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