On this day in 1921, an 18" high Alpha Farnell teddy bear from Harrod's in
The manufacturer of this now famous teddy can be traced back to 1840 in Notting Hill and John Kirby Farnell – who made small textile goods such as tea cosies, pin cushions and pen wipers. But it was Agnus Farnell (John's daughter) who began making soft toys in 1870 with the backing of her father and Henry her brother.
After their father’s death in 1887 Agnus and Henry moved the company to
Alpha Farnell bears were sold in most major stores, including Harrods in
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