Please identify my best friend since 1957
(Groton, CT USA)
Sootie was given to me by dad coming home from a business trip in 1957. I have been looking everywhere on the internet to try to identify his manufacturer. I thought he was by Knicerbocker, but I can't find him under that name.
The attached photo is almost exactly what he looks like, except Sootie's front legs and arms are all white. Except for black ears, he is essentially all white on the front and all black in the back. His glass eyes are orange and I don't believe he had black ovals around his eyes (as most pandas have). His feet and "hands" are black in the back, white in the front and they are stitched to a closed seam, not rounded. He is about 6-8" tall, straight arms and legs with arms slightly shorter than his legs. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.