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Teddy Bear Encased

Kolb 1908 Teddy Bear Bread
Kolb 1908 Teddy Bear Bread
Kolb 1908 Teddy Bear Bread
Kolb 1908 Teddy Bear Bread

Kolb Bakery Teddy Bear Encased with 1908 Indian Cent. Encassement is Teddy Bear shaped and in relief.

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According to ECI (before the site disappeared) there were twelve (12) known "Teddy Bear" shaped encasements. The list was compiled in 8/9/2005 by Cecil Starcher. With the addition of two newly discovered pieces sold on Ebay the count is now 14


Encased Teddy Bear 1910 cent from Toledo Sporting Goods
Encased Teddy Bear 1910 cent from Toledo Sporting Goods
Encased Teddy Bear 1910 cent from Toledo Sporting Goods
Encased Teddy Bear 1910 cent from Toledo Sporting Goods


High Grade Bicycles Toledo Sporting Goods Co.

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Below is the list of known "Encased Teddy Bears". I would be interested in learning the dates of the coins encased in the three "unknown" encased bears and any other information you may have regarding teddy bear encased!



Is this a "new" Teddy Bear encased?





Obverse reads: "BEAR US IN MIND" The pices is without a coin and holed through the bears mouth.

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Reverse reads: "TEDDY BEAR BREAD / EVERY BITE A DELIGHT / NUTRTIOUS / DELICIOUS"

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I purchased this piece on eBay from an individual who found my site and inquired about my interest in the piece. I believe it is an undiscovered Teddy Bear. First, because the legend on the reverse is new to me and it doesn't fit with the known pieces. It could be from Collin's Baking Co. as I know nothing more about that one except the name "Collins Baking CO.". I am hoping that someone else can answer that question. It also differs from the other teddys as it is holed through the bear's mouth. This is the only bear I have seen that is holed. It appears to have the same obverse as the other "Teddy Bear" encased. (not counting UCLA) For now, I will not add it to the table below.


DateSubjectCity, State
UnknownBaker's PublicityKansas City
UnknownCollin's Baking Co.Buffalo, NY
UnknownArthur FurnitureScribner, NE
1907Souvenir Of Old ViennaAtlantic, NJ
1907Souvenir Of Niagara FallsNiagara Falls, NY
1908Teddy Bear Bread - Kolb's BakeriesPhiladelphia, PA
1908Teddy Bear Bread - White's Modern BakeryUnknown
1910Standard Sign Mfg. CoPittsburgh, PA
1910Toledo Sporting Goods - High Grade Bicycles Toledo, OH
1910Teddy Bear Bread - Taste Tells The TaleUnknown
1911S.M. WISE GROCERY & MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VAFairmont, WV
1913People's Loan & Trust Co.Winchester, IN
1913Platt & Perkey 9.99 ClothiersSouth Bend, IN
2005UCLALos Angeles, Ca


This "Teddy Bear" showed up on eBay several years ago. The "S.M. WISE GROCERY & MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VA." The obverse has the legend, "BEAR US IN MIND". The cent is a 1911 Lincoln cent. It was a new unknown piece as far as I can tell.

encased 1911 Teddy Bear - S.M. WISE GROCERY - MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VA
encased 1911 Teddy Bear - S.M. WISE GROCERY - MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VA
encased 1911 Teddy Bear - S.M. WISE GROCERY - MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VA
encased 1911 Teddy Bear - S.M. WISE GROCERY - MEAT MARKET – FAIRMONT W.VA


S.M. Wise Grocery & Meat Market Fairmont, W.VA.

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I bought this Arthur Furniture Co. Teddy Bear on eBay® without the cent Nov 2012. The reverse has the legend, "Arthur Furniture Co. Scribner, NEBR." and appears to be damaged when the coin was removed or perhaps when someone tried to replace the coin.

Teddy Bear encasement without coin
Teddy Bear encasement without coin
Teddy Bear encasement without coin
Teddy Bear encasement without coin


Arthur Furniture Co. Scriber, Nebr.

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An additional "Teddy Bear", (see below) sold on Ebay 5/20/2012. The encasement is empty and there is no way to tell if it ever had a coin in the encasement. The encasement reads, "Baker's Publicity, Kansas City" "Teddy Bear Bread" on the reverse and "Bear Us in Mind" on the front or the bear. Could this be a "sample"? Was Baker's Publicity responsibility for designing the "Teddy Bear" encasement?

Baker's Publicity Co published a Teddy Bear Bread booklet illustrated by W. W. Denslow the original illustrator of the "Wizard of Oz" in 1909. A copy of that pamphlet is currently offered on Amazon.com for $150.00. W.W. Denslow illustrated material is widely collected. Baker's Publicity Co, Kansas City, MO. is still a registered company in Missouri, (as of 2016) although currently inactive.



Baker's Publicity Co, Kansas City Teddy Bear Bread teddy bear shaped encasement
Baker's Publicity Co, Kansas City Teddy Bear Bread teddy bear shaped encasement

"Teddy Bear Bread" "Bakers Publicity, Kansas City" On Right

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teddy Bear bread postcards illustrated by  WW Denslow
teddy Bear bread postcards illustrated by  WW Denslow

Teddy Bear bread postcards illustrated by W.W. Denslow

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