1949 Teddy Toy Children’s Bicycle (Red)
with folding handlebars
HEIGHT: 29″ (with Handlebars Up)
and handlebars folded down…
TEDDY TOY Co Ltd
45 Golden Lane, London, EC1
The ban on German imports during WW1 boosted British industry. Teddy bears had become very popular, with many companies forming to manufacture them, including Ealon Toys, or The East London Federation Toy Factory, founded by Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. It was during this period that the Teddy Toy Co was founded by B.C. Hope and Abe Simmonds.
After patenting Softanlite teddy bear kapok stuffing, the company exhibited at the British Industries Fair in 1920 and 1929. (Kapok is a very light, waterproof, oily fibre covering the seeds of the silk-cotton tree – Ceiba Pentandra – which is ideal for stuffing).
In 1920, Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express. A.A Milne published Winnie the Pooh in 1926. Following the success ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories, Pooh Bear toys and games were produced in Great Britain By Chad Vally and Teddy Toy Co, and in the US by Parker brothers and F.W. Woolnough.
During WW2, toy manufacturers turned their factories over to war production. Teddy Toy Co made leather ‘bayonet frogs’ and helmet liners (marked with their company initials TTC, above). Bayonet frogs were also made by Marks & Spencer, among others. After WW2, many companies who had helped with war production received backing to make bicycles for export. Presumably that’s how Teddy Toy Co ended up making this bicycle.
The company ceased trading in 1950 (below).
Teddy bear history extracted from – http://www.ancestralbears.com/The-Teddy-Bear-and-The-War-Years-p/tbt2.htm