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.

Ithaca Kitty

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 .

Rag dolls

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

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.

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96CM Big Plush Giraffe Toy Doll Giant Large Stuffed Animals Soft Doll kids Gifts

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Description:Color: BrownAnimal: GiraffeMaterial: Soft Cashmere PlushFiller: 100% PP cottonSize: 100CM/39.4" Features and Benefits:● Awe-inspiring lifelike plush toy with beautiful markings
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13PCS 5.5CM Emotion Pendant Cute Fun Phone Pendant Home Decoration

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13PCS 5.5CM Emotion Pendant Cute Fun Phone Pendant Home Decoration Interesting pendant and soft surface, at the top of a
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Cute Emoji Poo Throw Pillows Cushion Stuffed Plush Doll Toys Home Sofa Decor

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Cute Emoji Poo Throw Pillows Cushion Stuffed Plush Doll Toys Home Sofa Decor DescriptionMaterial:Plush+PP CottonColor:As picture shownSize:(L)X(W)35X20cm/13.78"X7.87"(appr.) FeaturesBrand New and
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Christmas Santa Claus Snowman Deer Stuffed Doll Standing Decoration Table Ornament

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Christmas Santa Claus Snowman Deer Stuffed Doll Standing Decoration Table Ornament  Description:Material: FlannelColor: As the picture showedSize: about 18 x 13cm (7.09
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13PCS 5.5CM Emotion Pendant Cute Fun Phone Pendant Home Decoration

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13PCS 5.5CM Emotion Pendant Cute Fun Phone Pendant Home Decoration Interesting pendant and soft surface, at the top of a
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Cute Emoji Poo Throw Pillows Cushion Stuffed Plush Doll Toys Home Sofa Decor

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Cute Emoji Poo Throw Pillows Cushion Stuffed Plush Doll Toys Home Sofa Decor DescriptionMaterial:Plush+PP CottonColor:As picture shownSize:(L)X(W)35X20cm/13.78"X7.87"(appr.) FeaturesBrand New and
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Christmas Santa Claus Snowman Deer Stuffed Doll Standing Decoration Table Ornament

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Christmas Santa Claus Snowman Deer Stuffed Doll Standing Decoration Table Ornament  Description:Material: FlannelColor: As the picture showedSize: about 18 x 13cm (7.09
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60cm Tiger Animal Plush Doll Cloth Kids Simulation Stuffed Toy

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60cm Tiger Animal Plush Doll Cloth Kids Simulation Stuffed Toy Description:Item: Tiger Plush Stuffed ToyLength: About 50cm; 60cm (with straight
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23.5 60cm Cute Jumbo Elephant Plush Doll Stuffed Animal Soft Kids Toy Gift”

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23.5" 60cm Cute Elephant Plush Doll Stuffed Animal Soft Kids Toy Gift   Description: Material:Short Plush Fabric: velvet Filling: 100%
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Baby Rattles Stuffed Toys Animal Socks Plush Rattle with Ring Bell Toy For Toddlers Learning

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Description:100% brand new and high qualitySize Approximately:  20 * 15 * 10cmWeight:about 160gColour: Multi-colourDesign:Cartoon Animals Package include:1*Stuffed Animal Toy
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Home Emoji Poop Throw Pillows Expression Cushion Stuffed Doll Plush Toys

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Description:100% Brand New and High QualitySize:About 23*36Weight:About 200gMaterial:PP CottonStyle:Cute FunColor: Show as the pictureWash:WashableNote:1.Please allow 1-3cm errors due to manual
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Family Finger Puppets Soft Cloth Animal Doll Baby Hand Toys For Kid Children Educational Gift

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Family Finger Puppets Soft Cloth Anamil Doll Baby Hand Toy Story Kid Party Gift Detail picture Description Lovely multifunctional creative