Object of the Week
Paper Doll (1940-1950)
On October 11, we will celebrate possibly the cutest and cuddliest of all occasions: National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day.
This adorable holiday takes place on the second Wednesday of October and encourages those with teddy bears of all shapes and sizes to bring them to their place of work or school in order to brighten up the day. Teddy bears have been around since the early 20th century and have provided fun and comfort to millions (children especially) around the globe ever since. The teddy bear got its name from President Theodore Roosevelt, commonly known as Teddy, who infamously refused to shoot a bear while on a hunting trip. Morris Michtom, one of the creators of the teddy bear, was inspired by the political cartoons surrounding the incident, creating a stuffed toy bear and calling it “Teddy’s bear”. At the same time in Germany, Richard Steiff independently created his own version of the stuffed bear. Since then, the toy has become iconic and exceedingly popular, leaving one hard pressed to find a household to have never owned a teddy bear.
Though not stuffed, this paper doll represents an adorable depiction of a teddy bear. Though one can’t hug it and play with it like a regular teddy bear, the paper doll still brings a lot of fun. Made between 1940 and 1950, this paper doll was just part of a larger set, bringing whomever played with it lots of joy, perhaps just as much as a stuffed bear would.
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