Since his birth in 1902 the teddy bear has captured the hearts of young and old alike. He has survived revolutions, flown in jet fighters and taken part in land and water speed records and in times of great conflict he has stayed by his companion's side. Children everywhere adore him because he is patient with them and his universal appeal has inspired adult collectors from all over the globe to spend countless amounts of money.
With a range of previously unpublished images, teddy bear historian and collector Lorraine Hitchings offers a wonderfully nostalgic look back at one of the true icons of the twentieth century.
Lorraine has had a fascination with teddy bears since she was a child; she is passionate about old bears and their history in particular, and gives lectures on the subject around the country. She also writes regular articles for the magazine 'Teddy Bear Times', does radio and TV appearances and also runs her own old teddy bear website where she supplies teddy bears to collectors all around the world.