Stuffed Toys – a brief history
Sock monkeys stuffed toys
A sock monkey is a stuffed toy made from socks fashioned in the likeness of a monkey . These stuffed animals are a mixture of folk art and kitsch in the cultures of the United States and Canada . The typical sock monkey is grey and white with extra long limbs, a long tail and bright red lips. The animal may be adorned with additional ornamentation on its head or around its neck. The character has become part of popular culture and can be found in comic books and art.
Steiff stuffed toys
Steiff is a German -based plush toy company. It was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff , who was later assisted by her brother Fritz. The toys began as elephants, and were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and sold as pincushions to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs , cats and pigs . She designed and made most of the prototypes herself. Steiff’s nephew Richard joined in 1897 and gave the company an enormous boost in popularity by creating the teddy bear in 1902. By 1907, Steiff manufactured 974,000 bears, and has been increasing its output ever since.
The Ithaca Kitty was a popular stuffed toy in the United States , which started a fad for plush toys that lasted from its introduction in 1892 until after World War I .
A rag doll is a children’s toy . It is a cloth figure, a doll traditionally home-made from (and stuffed with) spare scraps of material. They are one of the oldest children’s toys in existence. Today, many rag dolls are commercially produced to simulate the features of the original home-made dolls, such as simple features, soft cloth bodies, and patchwork clothing.
Brands of Stuffed Toys
Pillow Pets are a brand of stuffed toys with Velcro straps that allow them to be changed from a decorated pillow into a stuffed animal. The toys are made from chenille . Invented by Jennifer Telfer in 2003, Pillow Pets first gained success when Telfer personally sold the toys near the Christmas season of that year. They would later become more successful through television advertising , where the company’s famous slogan, It’s a pillow, it’s a pet, it’s a Pillow Pet! was in every ad. Pillow Pets have been used for charitable fund raising.