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In the mid 1990s my daughters and I joined in the Beanie Baby Craze which hit the UK in a fairly big way. Although, on reflection, we bought far too many, at the time we only chose those we either loved or that I thought might increase in value sometime in the future.
We sold quite a number of beanies last year for charity but have held onto those which have either special memories or were brought out in limited edition.
We bought the America Beanie because 100% of the purchase price was donated to victims of what we now call 9/11.
The tag in his right ear states the following -
' in memory of those who lost their lives in the national catastrophe tthat took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our deepest sympathy for their families.
God Bless America'
Well I don't know about God Bless America and all that goes with it..... but I have to say this is a cute beanie and I do hope he's brought comfort to some although I have to say he's not my favourite.
He's a sky blue plush fur bear filled with beans so nice and cuddly. He has an embroidered stars & stripes flag and a red, white and blue striped ribbon around his neck He doesn't have a mouth but an oval shiny nose and cute little eyes ( looks like all these are made from plastic) which gives him a cute expression.
Sewn into the seam of his bottom and leg is a label which tells you that the beans are polyster, he should be surface-washed only and it has the TY hologram which is important to serious collectors because it's a further indication that the bear is authentic.
So, why isn't America my favourite? Well I think it's mainly the colour as I prefer brown bears. Although I'm aware of why it was designed and produced and the whole TY thing is overwhelmingly American, this bear is too much 'in yer face' and I much prefer the more classic beanies.
I will keep it in our collection though if only to pass down to any grandchildren I may have who may ask what on earth happened on 11th September 2001.