Most teddy bear collectors are social — they love to admire members of each other’s “hugs,” chat with fellow fans and favorite artists, and generally socializing with like-minded folks. But spread out across the world as they are, many arctophiles tend to “hibernate” — staying in their own cozy, private dens and participating in their collecting hobby via social media posts and emails. But there’s even more fun and camaraderie awaiting collectors who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and attend a show.
Do you believe in kismet? Or, if not the sweeping hand of fate, do you think that there is such a thing as a really, really special coincidence that happens at the most ideal time? I know I do! This week, I was doing some virtual desktop cleaning—it’s much easier to clear out, clean up, and empty old computer files than actual file cabinets—when I came across the image of an absolutely adorable plush pal. I didn’t recognize it as any I’d blogged about, and my curiosity was piqued. So, putting on my investigative “cub reporter” hat, I let my e-mail account and my keyboard unlock the mystery of who was that adorable pet: it was a Bellzi.
During the July 4 holiday week—some companies are closed for extended weekends; others just for the formal one-day holiday; others seem to have shuttered their doors for six whole days in a row—it’s nice to contemplate what does the Declaration of Independence mean, and what does it have to do with teddy bears and other ursine affairs. In actuality, America has much to do with the beloved teddy bear, and even though Germany seems to be lauded as the birthplace of the cuddly bear toy (Steiff quickly springs to mind as Number One), the teddy bear concept originated in America.