Hoppy Dressed in A Salad Ballad
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North American Bear Co.
The Muffy Collection
A Salad Ballad
Brand new mint condition never been opened package includes Hoppy in her orange carrot costume with orange and green hat and orange shoes.
Also includes original hangtag.
Retired in 1997.
North American Bear Co.
Nearly 30 years ago, North American Bear Company began as a creative business enterprise of a new mother. Barbara Isenberg, starting a family in New York City in the mid-1970’s. She desired to find a teddy bear with the nostalgic charm of an antique toy and a contemporary sense of whimsy for her own small son. This prompted the start of a toy company creating unique, high quality plush bears that would appeal to both children and adults alike. In 1978, after perfecting a variety of sample bears, assembling a sales force and locating a small NY factory to produce bears, Barbara teamed up with her brother, Paul Levy, a Chicago-based lawyer and real estate developer. They formed North American Bear Company, Inc. Barbara continues as the company’s Creative Director, running the New York Studio in the heart of Manhattan’s toy district. Here she and the closely-knit design and production team develop each season’s rich and varied collections. Paul Levy serves as CEO in the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, managing the administrative, financial and warehousing aspects of the business.
In the spring of 1984, Muffy VanderBear came to life as the fifth and littlest (7″ tall) member of the VanderBear Family, which includes papa Cornelius (20″ tall), mamma Alice (18″tall), twin brother and sister, Fuzzy and Fluffy (both (12″ tall). Like the rest of her family, Muffy has rich golden plush fur, felt pawpads, a fully-jointed body and a hand stitched nose. Because papa Cornelius firmly believes that “clothes make the bear,” Muffy and her family are always sure to be appropriately dressed for every occasion. Muffy first appeared in a delicate white Christening gown, hardly knowing that many outfits and collections would later be created for her.
Odl Bauer, who sewed the first bear, joined Paul and Barbara Isenberg and together they worked on developing the VIB’s (Very Important Bears). Using her English literature background, Barbara experimented with a variety of names and puns for these colorful 20″ velour bears. The first was Douglas Bearbanks, based on the legendary silent film star. He was followed by Scarlett O’Beara, Chef Bearnaise and Amelia Bearheart. The VIB’s are all retired and often increase dramatically in value on the secondary market.
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