Favorite Purple childhood bear

by Chris
(Danvers MA)


Since I have to come up with four hundred words for this to be accepted, I will tell you the story of Purple. I had been very sick with strep throat and tonsillitis as a little girl. My mother brought me to the pharmacy to pick up my medication. When we walked in, I saw Purple and fell in love with him (I was five). I begged my mother to get him, and then asked her to ask my grandmother to buy the bear for me. My mother told me to ask Santa. So, I did. Unbeknownst to me, my mother asked the pharmacist to hold the bear and she would come back for it. This was in September of 1972. My mother tells that I kept the bear alive in my memory in the hopes Santa would bring him. And on Christmas morning, he was there under the tree and I loved him every day to this day. Unfortunately they determined I kept getting sick because I was allergic to my stuffed animals (later I learned it was dust). Purple was bagged up and put in the basement where water damage happened to him and he couldn't be saved. It broke my heart. Now with the internet I'm hoping to find the bear again. I have no idea who made him and I"m hoping someone somewhere will have information on him.


As I noted, he was purchased in a pharmacy in Massachusetts. His stomach had some sort of jingles in it, but not like jingle bells, more like musical bells, but not a music box. He had green glass eyes. He was two toned of a dark purple and a light purple. He was plush, but not soft like a Gund. HIs limbs were not jointed. I'm not sure what else to say about him to help get him identified. I have listed this on collector web sites, Facebook, and on an antiques web site that a friend owns. I have had no leads as of yet. There were a couple of bears I found similar to him, but not him and the bellies on the bears I have found did not have a music jingle to it. I'm really hoping someone can help me identify him so that I can have my favorite childhood memory back. If anyone has any information, please email me at Sammyt97@aol.com. I really appreciate it. Thank you.

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