Steiff IX - July 19th - 21st, 1996
The theme of the event was "Under the Big Top". That year’s event started Friday night with a costume party, under the Big Top with carnival tokens and a lecture by Tim Luke, Director of Collectibles of Christies.

Here, I am in my hand-painted costume, a replica Steiff’s Coloro Clown, standing by one of the many exhibits at the show. By the way, my hard work paid off…I received 1st Place for my costume.
On Saturday, we shopped in the sales room of Steiff dealers from around the world. There were older pieces, as well as, newer pieces available to purchase.
The first lecture, "Steiff, The Rare and Unusual" by David Douglass. It is always delightful to view slides of pieces from David’s collection. And the opportunity to ask him questions about old Steiff.
I missed the next lecture…got stuck in traffic on the back to the hotel , and "A Family’s Life with Steiff" by Barbara and Byron Baldwin.
But, I really enjoyed the "Teddy B and Golli G. Alive and Well Down Under" By David Worland. Watch out Teddy…here comes the Golliwogs. David presented slides of Golliwogs from his personal collection. It will be interesting to watch how these clever little guys work their way into our hearts. If you are a golli fan, check out the International Golliwog Collector’s Club.

During these lectures, participates displayed for judging their Steiff treasures. The grand winner was this red fox in lavender coat.

Prior to dinner, they held an auction of 75 Steiff items. Shown here are a few of the items. My favorite was a studio tabby cat with wooden eyes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it.
The dinner speaker was Gunther Pfeiffer author the new book, "Steiff Sortiment, 1947-1995".
The weekend concluded for us with presentation of the awards, Steiff trival contest and breakfast.
For those who missed this event, I recommend participating in next year’s event, July 11th-July 13th, 1997, hosted by The Toy Store, Toledo, Ohio, USA.. Call Ben at 1-800-862-8697 or 419-473-9801 or snail mail: The Toy Store, Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe Street #336, Toledo, Ohio 43623, USA. And remember to tell them you read about it on The Great Teddy Bear Hug!

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