Born at the beginning of the last century, he has stolen the hearts of people all over the world. The Teddy bear has lived through the many upheavals of the last 100 years and has not only maintained his appeal, he has become even more lovable with the passage of time. The Steiff Teddy is 100 years old; Who created him? What did he look like? Where did his name come from? All of these questions are answered and many more secrets are told concerning the jointed Teddy bear's creation 100 years ago in the small town of Giegen in the south of Germany. This official centenary book gives a comprehensive description of the story behind Richard Steiff's creation and the Teddy bear's road to success. Specialist author Gunther Pfeiffer gives a full account of recent discoveries related to the invention and early history of the Teddy bear and presents models that verify these findings. A special insight is given into the various stages of the manufacturing process which is still practised today, as well as the secret of Teddy's overwhelming success.
Other chapters relate the 'bearish' experiences of individual people, describe the current collectors' market and look at the significance of the Teddy as a collectable antique. The book is rounded off by a comprehensive resume of the many models produced by Steiff to date. Special attention has been given to the photographs and illustrations selected to accompany the various chapters. An intensive search through the Steiff archives brought many previously undiscovered historical photographs to light which are published here for the first time.
Gunther Pfeiffer retired from business life in 1995. His books on Steiff have become standard reference works for enthusiasts around the globe. He helps to organise and promote the Steiff Festival which brings a collection of Steiff articles under the hammer. Gunther Pfeiffer is a collector at heart and never ceases to be enchanted by the quality and beauty of Steiff products.