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Blue Whale Baby


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Product code: STE-063718

Blue Whale Baby

24CM, $68.00
3 - 5 business days

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Made of cuddly soft woven fur, Blue Whale Baby has safety eyes and a stainless steel 'button in ear'.

Margarete Steiff GmbH is founded
The official founding date of Steiff Manufacture was 1880. The first big seller was the elephant, which her younger brother Fritz sold at the nearby Heidenheim market. Just six years later Margarete had sold over 5,000 elephants and was now designing other stuffed animals too. In 1890 Fritz built a house for his sister, with a flat on the first floor, designed for disabled people, and a small shop on the first floor. At the house in what is today ”Margarete Steiff Straße“ there is the sign “Filz-Spielwaren-Fabrik”.
In 1892 the first illustrated Steiff catalogue was released which showed the diversity of the range. In addition to elephants there were monkeys, donkeys, horses, camels, pigs, mice, dogs, cats, hares and giraffes. In the catalogue was also Margarete’s motto, “for children, only the best is good enough!“.
One year later, on March 3rd 1893, the toy factory was entered in the trade register as ”Margarete Steiff, felt toy factory Giengen/Brenz”. For the first time the toys were presented at the Leipzig toy trade fair. Margarete now employed 4 seamstresses and 10 home workers.

The teddy bear is born...
Richard Steiff, Margarete’s creative favourite nephew, entered the company in 1897. He attended the school of applied arts in Stuttgart and studied in England. His animal sketches were the basis for many Steiff creations. In 1902 he designed the "Bear 55PB" bears, the worldwide first stuffed bears with moveable arms and legs. When searching for a suitable covering, Richard found the cuddly and good for colouring mohair plush, produced by the Schulte pile weaving mill in Duisburg. Margarete herself remained sceptical, but Richard was allowed to present his bears at the Leipzig toy trade fair.

...and conquers the world.
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