The Lost Teddy Bear
This is the Story of a little bear dubbed “Hospital Teddy” He got this name because of the homemade repairs he had across his poor little body. I don’t know what brand of bear he is but I can tell you he is fairly old. I got him from an antique shop in Sorell Tasmania not long after I moved over here. I could have had him as long as fifteen years. I was told this teddy was from the 1930s by the lady in the antique shop. She showed me a note that was attached to the teddy. Since it is part of his history I kept the note in a box in my bedroom for safe keeping. I have scanned it so you can all read it. I’m sorry if it is difficult to read but it has faded a bit over the years. Apparently Teddy was lost by a small child in a fitting room in FitzGerald’s Department Store. I’m not sure which one. He was found by a shop assistant and had this note pinned to him in the vain hope his little owner would one day return for him. I don’t know how long Teddy sat on the counter with the note pinned to him. A lost toy always makes me feel rather sad. I wondered if the little boy or girl cried for their teddy or if they were given a new one. Sadly they never did and Teddy eventually ended up at the antique shop where I found him. He has been in my bear collection ever since.
“Please” “Could the kid that lost me come and get me” Left in fitting room. “I am lost”
I can’t read all of the note properly either but this is what some of it says. I don’t know if there was more in the bottom corner. It is an odd shaped piece of paper which could have just been a paper scrap.
Here are a few photos of this cute little teddy bear. This little bear is about ten inches tall and has jointed limbs. More recently I have decided to name this teddy Hector.