The Teddy Bear Prepares for the Holidays

By Jane Hwang - 2012-11-27T14:23:05Z

Photograph by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

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Bearing Up

A seamstress hard at work. Margarethe Steiff originally designed the toys as elephants and sold them as pincushions to her friends. When children began playing with them, Steiff designed animal-themed toys, making most of the prototypes herself.