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wendy boston bears ...

The little bear sitting on the right revolutionised the soft toy industry as it was washable! From the 1950s new codes of safety for toys emphasised hygiene, so all synthetic Wendy Boston bears were a hit, made out of nylon with a foam stuffing. The printed labels specified washing instructions and some specified a branded washing powder too, and even the ears were cut specifically to enable them to be pegged on the washing line without risk of them coming off!


Cowboys & Custard said...

Hi Louise
Are the bears from your collection?
I think I do vaguely remember these bears.. my dear mother was a dealer in antique toys, bears and dolls and I have a real soft spot for some of the older character bears..
Steiff and Merrythought are my favourites but not the repros.. can't afford the vintage but love them.

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Hello Louise,
I've been blogging for over a year now so imagine my surprise when I came across a comment by "HOMEISWHERETHEHEARTIS" on Lynda's blog...now I knew that wasn't me (that's what my blog is called also). I decided to stop over to see who this lovely person is that thinks just like me! It's nice to meet you...please visit me if you'd like!

Cowboys & Custard said...

Well louise
it doesn't surprise me that we have something else in common.. maybe we are twinned !!!!
I am so glad you have some gollies.. I have one too and some lovely golly images I would like to use in my work bu they are not P.C these days.. what a shame.. Noddy and friends were so innocent and so they still should be..
I will put a photo on my blog soon of my moth eaten friends!

Katherines Dream said...

I love them!
I have one very similar also from the Fifities.

carolyn said...

Adorable, it is hard to resist a bear isn't it.

thehomelyyear said...

Hi, love the bears. It seems a coincidence that I've just bought a little teddy for my 2 year old grandson as he got a bit tired and bored when we were shopping. It really consoled him...bears are like that aren't they?
Margaret and Noreen at THY