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History of the Teddy Bear There are many variations of the story explaining the origin of the teddy bear Some believe it was completely a German creation Others believe it was American Some say it was a combination of the two Still others think it started in England The first story is that of Margarete Steiff a woman born in Giengen Germany in 1847 When she was only two she contracted polio and spent the rest of her life in a wheelchair Margarete That didnt stop her from being productive She loved children and they visited her often The One day she noticed a pattern in a magazine for a toy elephant She started making a few elephants and gave them as gifts to friends and neighbors Childrem loved it Then she started making other animals like a poodle a bear and a donkey Margarete Her nephew Richard had been fascinated with bears He had been watching a family of brown bears at Nills Animal show and sketching their antics for his aunt Origin He also helped her with designing her stuffed bears In 1903 he brought some of her bears to the famous Leipzig fair Margarete This is where the story would end for one who believed the bears origins were only in Germany But on the last day of the fair a man named Hermann Berg a buyer from a New York firm called Geo Borgfeldt Co went to the Steiff stand Hed been complaining that there was nothing new at the fair Then he saw the bear and knew thered be a market for it in the US He placed an order for 3000 bears Margarete That very year Theodore Roosevelt known as Teddy to close friends had gone
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