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Bear witness to some splendid teddy facts

Good ol’ teddies have their own special day of honour — did you know that? February 10 is a day to cherish your teddy bear and all the teddies in the world. Here’s a bunch of facts you might want to check out to become more ted-savvy!

Illustration of Polar the teddy bear
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Teddies and the Titanic

Among the survivors of the Titanic disaster was the Spedden family from New York. Douglas Spedden was among the 56 children who were rescued after the ship sank. Douglas’s teddy bear, called Polar, was a newly-purchased one that he took along during the family’s trip to Algiers, Monte Carlo, and the fateful voyage on the Titanic. Another teddy that was discovered on a passenger was a small gold plush bear with a tinplate body, found not with a child but the ship’s catering manager Luigi, who unfortunately did not survive. After the Titanic disaster, German teddy manufacturing company, Steiff, produced 500 black teddies with red-rimmed eyes to show sympathy and mourn the deaths.

Cover of the February 2023 issue of The Teenager Today featuring Veronica Fusaro

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.

Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.