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Santa and Friends

Santa and Friends

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Code: pk13622
Price: $175.00
Artist: Pipka
Material: cold cast resin
Approx. Size: 11.75"
Edition Size: 3200
Year Made: 2011


Santa and Friends - teddy bear Santa by Pipka. Santa considers the Teddy Bear the most popular and loveable toy now and throughout history! Almost every child in America and throughout the European countries has loved a teddy bear during their childhood. Santa’s loves to make teddy bears look like real bears, with extended snouts and beady eyes. Yet, he is also known to make teddy bears with larger eyes and foreheads and smaller noses, baby like features that make them cuter. Sometimes Santa adorns them with clothing and others with a big red bow tie. The name Teddy Bear comes from the former United States President, Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902. A toy maker, Morris Michtom heard about Roosevelt’s trip and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. At the same time in Germany, the Steiff Company, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs. They exhibited the toy at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903 and exported thousands to the United States. By 1906 manufacturers other than Michtom and Steiff had joined in and the rage for "Roosevelt Bears". Ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election. Have a very Beary Christmas!

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