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"The Teddy Bear's Christmas"


Photo of cover by B. W. Sullivan. Photo is of the cover page of the booklet, published by the Buffalo Book Co., 1905.


Published and copyrighted by the Buffalo Book Co. (1905), "The Teddy Bear's Christmas" is nothing like "The Teddy Bears' Picnic". No author is credited for the story; however, the illustrations are distinctive. If the style of the cover illustration is familiar, that is because W. W. [William Wallace] Denslow was the illustrator for the first book in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" series by L. Frank Baum.



"The Teddy Bear's Christmas" booklet was published as an advertising "give away" by The Miller Bros. Company of Westminster, Maryland. The story is about two children, Bobby and Bess, want to find Santa Claus and tell him what they most want for Christmas. Out of all of their toys, only the Teddy Bear knew where Santa lived. After several hurdles, they manage to find Santa's home, and the story has it happy ending.


Photo of cover by B. W. Sullivan. Photo is of the first plate of the story. Illustration by W. W. Denslow, published by the Buffalo Book Co., 1905.





Our booklet, a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harman of Orange, Virginia in 1998 is in "fair" condition, missing its back cover and needing cleaning and conservation.



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