Ornament:Muffy VanderBear 10th Anniversary Ornament

North American Bear Co., Inc.1994

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Muffy VanderBear, made by the North American Bear Company (NABCO), first appeared in 1984 as the youngest daughter of Cornelius and Alice Vanderbear. NABCO developed its famous bear family just as the 75th anniversary celebration of the American teddy bear reminded Americans of their favorite childhood toy. Muffy, at seven-inches tall, soon had a following all her own, and NABCO offered several new Muffys each year representing holidays, the changing seasons, leisure activities, and special occasions. Muffy was soon joined by a number of friends, a rabbit named Hoopy her BFF, a dog named Lulu, and a cat called Purrlie. Muffy had her pals have been at play for nearly 30 years, and judging from collectors' enthusiasm for more Muffys, the little bear is not likely to stop anytime soon.

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  • Title: Ornament:Muffy VanderBear 10th Anniversary Ornament
  • Creator: North American Bear Co., Inc.
  • Date Created: 1994
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Subject Keywords: Muffy VanderBear, teddy bear, ornament
  • Type: Holidays and Celebrations
  • Medium: resin, ribbon
  • Credit Line: Gift of Robin Jacobson in honor of her mother, Evelyn R. Bloom, born in Rochester, New York, in 1912


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