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On the Plush Side PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ken Yenke   
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

A pair of Bing jumping mohair chimpanzees from 1919 are soft-stuffed, fully jointed and when wound will take small jumps, enough to go across a 20-foot floor area. There is a Bing tag on their right arm. Selling for about $2 each in 1919, they bring more than $1,500 today. Ken Yenke explains the evolution and collectibility of plush animals.


Several years ago, I wrote a feature article for Teddy Bear Review about the Hagenbeck Circus—there can be no real study about animals becoming plush toys without including a look at Karl Hagenbeck’s Animal Circus.

"KEYS" to Collecting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ken Yenke   
Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

Yearly checkups of your display cases with help keep your treasures safe. Dust, check for critters and replace your cedar blocks or bags. Ken Yenke provides tips on becoming an expert and efficient collector.


It has been many years ago, but I distinctly remember one day when my wife, Brenda, and I drove nearly three hours to attend an auction in Lancaster, Ohio. There was one 20-inch-tall Schuco yes/no teddy bear (the tail is moved up or down to make the teddy nod yes or no) pictured in the auction flyer. It appeared in the flyer to be one from the US Zone period (1948–1953), and that was one size and year we did not have in our teddy bear collection.

Rescue 411 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry and Doris Michaud   
Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00

The nose knows! A helpful hint from the Michauds: A new nose can be given a slightly worn look by rubbing white chalk on it, then lightly brushing it off.Should you restore an old teddy bear? Absolutely! (Or maybe not…)


There are relatively few subjects in the teddy bear world that are considered somewhat controversial. Buying an old bear for investment is one (a topic for another day), and whether to repair or restore a vintage teddy bear is another.

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