World’s Largest Teddy Bear Collection – Meet the Record Breakers

World’s Largest Teddy Bear Collection – Meet the Record Breakers

August 18, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


Oh let me be your teddy bear [music] I’m Jackie Miley and I hold the Guinness
World Records title for the largest collection of teddy bears located here
in Hill City South Dakota and we are at Teddy Bear Town where my collection is
displayed. First of all my oldest bear, she is from 1905, she is now 111 years
old and if you know the history of teddy bears the first one became a teddy bear
in 1902. I came to Hill City 14 years ago with
one little bear that I made 16 years ago in a Build a bear and this is what
started me getting into the collection. From there we go on we’ve got bears that
are popular with the kids and movies, we’ve got Frozen over here from the
movie or we’ve got the mean little bear Lotso from Toy Story 3. Bears have
traveled all over, from all over the world.
I’ve got some from every US state now including Alaska and Hawaii and 28
different countries. I’ve got people’s very first bears, I’ve
got bears a memory of people who have passed we’ve got bears from England we’ve got
from Sweden we’ve got bears from companies like
Pepsi we’ve got Germany we’ve got Scotland we got Wales and then we get
into our presidential. This is my community centre, I’ve even got President
Obama and bears that came from NASA. Now the bear itself did not go
into space but the flags and the pin that he’s wearing have been donated
by a gentleman who works in the aerospace program in in Texas.
Speaking of space a very familiar face would be Darth Vader. Build-a-bear
themselves sent me this one. And we’ve got military bears, we’ve also got Star Trek and then we get into our sports section I’ve got sports teams or if the
Bears play golf tennis racecars do whatever. And we go down as far down as Botswana Africa where this little teddy bear was made down there. All nice and curly tight little knit. We got bears in disguises yes this is a bear he’s in disguise. We continue on… One of our first talking
bears was Teddy Ruxpin the first talking bear a lot of kids wanted him and some
kids were scared of him. And then there was a TV show a lot of kids remember we’ve got Christmas bears from all the
different department stores and people that have made them and this guy we’ve
got bears that dance insane we’ve got our motorcycle bears he’ll see
our part of the country in South Dakota is known for Sturgis the big motorcycle
rally so we’ve got bears but there are little helmets and jackets that bear is
a memory of people of past we’ve got little toys some people that donate some
pictures to go with them we’ve got those more sports where people take them to
the games take pictures and send them back I’ve got one from Russia sings in
Russian I don’t know what he says exactly because I don’t speak Russian it
could be Justin Bieber for all I know we’ve got one shelf along here of poo he
was a very popular bear with kids and we’ve got our ties and we’ve got Muffy’s
and we’ve got ones that sing from for Manny and we’ve got smokey he’s a
very popular bear in the United States because and we’ve got other famous bears
Jacques bear stole named after coastal Ireland bears that have been down in
Chicago taking pictures before they get here and then we can go around special-made bears bears the memory of
got some made out of people’s clothes the memory of them
Harlan Stu V from Iowa George Iowa his family brought him in a couple years ago
yeah I’ve got quite a few unfortunately I got bears that were brought over from
the Highlands of Scotland got their little kilt on and we all know what’s
under that kilt and poo he deserved his own hundred acres over here and of
course we’ve got to have Elvis see we’ve got clown bears we’ve got Boyd’s
bears we’ve got people’s very first bears here got bears that are special made for me
like from Tennessee now more and more a woman from Arizona knew she was coming
in crocheted the colors of the Arizona flag you name it there’s a bear that
represents it this couple just met I got this fair
years ago and a woman from Missouri brought this one I said oh he’s been
waiting for a girlfriend so they make a lovely couple don’t they I loaned him my
binoculars and he wanted to go on vacation remember Justin Timberlake when he was
an instinct or maybe you remember the Blues Brothers I can’t have two alike so
I only have one we’ve got Dumb and Dumber we got sockitumi from laugh-in
it’s a house of memories and I’m just the keeper of those memories.