Sunday, February 10, 2013

"UN GROS BISOU POUR TOI...", Marianne et l'Europe stamp series and "Le Cheval" - a card from France.


Country: Russia
Place: Bruay-la-Buissière
Received: 28/01/2013
Distance: 1 742 km
Travelled: 22 days


It is definitely established the Teddy Bear to be born in 1902, but Germany and the USA are still struggling for the right to be the “birthplace” – first upright standing teddies appeared in both of these countries.


In 1879 the magazine “Die Mod Ewe Itt” suggested a pattern for a baby elephant toy made of soft felt. Margaret Steiff, a girl handicapped after suffering polio in her childhood, liked this idea and made a few funny elephants to present to her nephews for Christmas. Margaret had a great talent for toys, and her parents helped her to open a small toy shop to grow to “Steiff” factory later. In 1902 Richard Steiff, Margaret’s nephew, was looking for some inspiration for new toys and visited a travelling American circus. He saw a trained bear to walk and dance on two feet and created a bear toy, acting in the same way.


November 14, 1902, the President Theodore Roosevelt visited the states of Mississippi and Louisiana to handle a border dispute. Roosevelt, being a great lover of hunting, decided to hunt for bear in the wooded areas. The bear wasn’t  found and his hunt failed. In order not to make the President completely upset, his people ordered to get the bear to the place of his rest. The bear was found and tied to a tree to let the President notice it casually. Theodore Roosevelt saw the bear, understood the situation and said: “Liberate the bear!”. He was not able to kill a defenseless animal.

November 16, 1902, a cartoonist Clifford Berryman published a drawing in the “Washington Post”. It depicted Theodore Roosevelt and a funny little bear with round eyes and big ears – sentimental Americans felt a huge sympathy. Russian emigrant Morris Miktom put a teddy bear, sewn by his wife Rosa, into the window of his small shop and hung a newspaper drawing next to it. Many people stopped, passing by the shop windows, and wanted to buy this bear, so Rose and Morris started to make them for sale.

Marianne et l'Europe stamp series

The Marianne et l'Europe series or Marianne of Beaujard series is a French definitive postage stamp series. Marianne, the allegory of the French Republic, wearing a Phrygian cap, is presented in profile, looking to the left. Stars are surrounding her head, evoking the flag of Europe

"Le Cheval" (Horse), a sculpture by R. Duchamp-Villon

"Le Cheval" is one of the most famous sculptures by the French sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon, created during his serving as a male nurse for the French army during the World War I. 

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