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Encyclopedia > Stuffed animal
For preserved dead animals, see taxidermy.
Duck stuffed animals
Duck stuffed animals
Soft toys are not necessarily animal shaped.
Soft toys are not necessarily animal shaped.

A stuffed animal is toy animal stuffed with straw, beans, cotton or other similar materials. Some stuffed animals are very old – home made cloth dolls stuffed with straw go back to at least the 1830s, perhaps much older. Stuffed animals are also known as plush toys (U.S English) and soft toys or cuddly toys (British English). The most well known type of stuffed toy is undoubtedly the teddy bear. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... A mounted snow leopard. ... Download high resolution version (770x831, 96 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (770x831, 96 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Oxyurinae Anatinae Aythyinae Merginae Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. ... Image File history File links Hamishandgoth. ... Image File history File links Hamishandgoth. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Bales of straw bundles of rice straw Pile of straw bales, sheltered under a tarpaulin Straw is an agricultural byproduct, the dry stalk of a cereal plant, after the nutrient grain or seed has been removed. ... Green beans Bean is a common name for large plant seeds of several genera of Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae) used for food or feed. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Teddy bear (disambiguation). ...


Stuffed animals in the past were used for random stuffing of the evacuated skins of hunted animals. The phrase is still sometimes used to refer to examples of taxidermy. However, with modern technology it is now possible to produce them with synthetic materials. For this reason, plush toy or plushie (U.S. English) or soft toy (British English) may be more appropriate names for modern synthetic stuffed animals. A mounted snow leopard. ...


The first commercial concern to create stuffed toys is apparently the Steiff company, founded in 1880 in Compton. External link Steiff Company Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Stub ... Compton is both a place and family/given name of English origin, and may refer to: // Compton serves as a name for many communities in England, the United States and Canada. ...


Among the most popular types of classic stuffed animals are teddy bears and sock monkeys. For other uses, see Teddy bear (disambiguation). ... A homemade sock monkey This article is about the doll made of socks. ...

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History

It is known for on tomb paintings in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamian civilizations that stuffed animals existed in those societies for religious purposes, and undoubtedly for human play as well.[citation needed] Khafres Pyramid and the Great Sphinx of Giza, built about 2550 BC during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom,[1] are enduring symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt Ancient Egypt was a civilization in Northeastern Africa concentrated along the middle to lower reaches of the Nile River... Mesopotamia was a cradle of civilization geographically located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, largely corresponding to modern-day Iraq. ...


In medieval Europe, stuffed animals were often used in mystery plays to represent Biblical animals, such as the serpent in the Garden of Eden and the lions in the Book of Daniel.[citation needed] During the Industrial Revolution in Europe from c. 1750 onwards, the toy industry began to emerge.[citation needed] During the 19th century, the concept of the stuffed animal (known as a soft toy in Britain) as an entertainment product took off, with commercial enterprises such as the Steiff company being established to produce children's toys. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Mystery plays are among the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe. ... For other uses, see Garden of Eden (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Book of Daniel (disambiguation). ... A Watt steam engine, the steam engine that propelled the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. ...


In the 20th century, anthropomorphism became highly popular among people in urban communities, who were often isolated from contact with real animals. Hard toys remain very popular due to the psychological desire towards a comfort object. 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized rocks, with slits for eyes, found in modern-day Israel. ... A comfort object is an item used to provide psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations or at bedtime for small children. ...


Commercial manufacturers

Beanie Baby with its ty tag Ty Inc. ... External link Steiff Company Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Stub ... Gordon Gund was formerly the principal owner of the NBA franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers, a co-owner of the San Jose Sharks NHL team, and remains the CEO of Gund Investment Corporation and a minority owner of the Cavaliers. ... Gregory, a teddy bear made by Russ Berrie and Co Russ Berrie and Company, Inc. ... Build-A-Bear in Barton Creek Mall in Austin, TX Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) is an American retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals. ... Various Webkinz animals Webkinz are stuffed animals that were originally released by the Ganz gift company in 2005. ...

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Stuffed animal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (583 words)
In some parts of Germany, stuffed animals are informally referred to in German as Steiftiere, which derives from the name of that company; however, this is largely unknown to casual German speakers today because steif also means stiff, which is also why the word lost the second f.
In medieval Europe, stuffed animals were often used in mystery plays to represent Biblical animals, such as the serpent in the Garden of Eden and the lions in the Book of Daniel.
The baby boom of the 1950s stimulated massive demand for stuffed toy animals in order to entertain babies and young children, whilst increasing appreciation of stuffed animals in adult culture led to the establishment of teddy bear collectors' societies.
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