Me and My Teddy Bear
Our Members Remember When
My Brown Bear
Aunt Tressie bought two teddy bears
It was my very first teddy bear
The sun was shinning bright outside
We planned adventures we'd soon have
As I walked back to the porch
Suddenly my mother's hand
She worried that I'd catch a cold
But when I went outside to get him
I've remembered him lovingly
I hope that some day his adventures
Written by: Patti Thomas
She did not have a bear as a child.
Many of our Professional artists sadly report that they did not have a teddy bear as a child or photos have been lost over time.
Valerie Rogers I remember my 4th birthday, it was a hot July day. My friends and I were enjoying cake and ice cream but soon my sweet grandmother surprised me with a huge panda. His coloring is dark brown with off white, a sewn black nose and a little red tongue, which held on by a thread over the years.
'Ted' is still my buddy and often travels with me. To this day, even though I know better, I still pick him up by his ear! It's nearly bald on one side.
Ted now watches over all the other bears and still gets a hug or two!
Ken Yenke (bear appraiser) said "Ted" is an Ideal bear that came from England in the early 1940's and was one of the biggest pandas, in this style, that he had seen.
Bettina Groh At age 5, with her bear named "Teddy", I played at the beach.
The photo was taken on the Southern coast of England. I don't know who the little boy is but I assume (from other photos in the album) that he must be a relative and it's an important occasion because I am in a DRESS with a ribbon in my hair! I definitely want to show Teddy off to the camera!
Teddy was a gift when I was very small, brought to me from the US by my great-uncle and aunt. They became our sponsors when we emigrated from England to the US in 1951. Of course Teddy came too. I still have him. He is a little balder but still loved!
Berta Hesen Berta (R) from The Netherlands was 4 years old when this photo was taken with her friend. She loved elephants and like most elephants he was named Jumbo!
"My friend had to buy a pack of sugar (we had a tiny grocery store very close to our home) and as she came past our house she stopped to play with me and Jumbo; nearly forgetting about the sugar she was to bring home."
Margaret Jackson I was just five, and living in Youngsville, NC where my parents celebrated Christmas in a big way. A great big smile and a big bear I named Pinney Bear.
My bear was a great friend and traveled with us on all our family vacations.
I believe my bear influenced me to become a teddy bear artists and I decided to name my company after my lifelong companion, Pinney Bear.
Member since December 2005
Mary Jardin Wimberley from Wilmington, DE was just 2 1/2 years old in this picture. She holds her “Lambie” as she sat between her brothers for this photo.
Now as a bear artist, who creates mostly "Buds, " Mary thought it interesting that she could only find photos with her holding lambs or bunnies as a child. "Though my bed was crowded with "Buds", I was always looking for the next new species to add to my menagerie," said Mary.
In the photo she is wedged between her two brothers. Being “Mary", she always had a little lamb following her to school and anywhere else she went!
Interestingly enough, Mary's Secret Garden began when a quiet voice insisted she make a lamb!
Dixie Leigh Huffman
My grandparents had a beach cottage in Ocean Drive, SC (now North Myrtle Beach), where this photo was taken circa 1951, when I was four.
The teddy bear was a 'peace offering' from my gran'daddy after his bridge game went on too long and he wasn't able to take me to the Pavilion. He often spoiled me. (You can see a card game in progress in this photo). His name was 'Tonto' (the bear, not my gran'daddy.) It was a mystery to me how he was called 'lone' Ranger, when he always had his assistant side-kick Tonto with him.
The cottage was lost to Hurricane Hazel in 1957. My bear, along with all my stuffed animals, disappeared during the great 'underprivileged children' collection drive my mother conducted in 1959.
I've never forgiven her.
Member since October 2007
"Mom had sewn all of the Topsy Turvey dolls, two
more bears, the elephant and horse tucked under the tree." (below).
Member Since May 2005
Member since March 2005
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