Ute crafted this inspirational tribute to an exceptional woman who refused to let adversity keep her down, and went on to create a legacy that delights adults and children to this day, 166 years after her birth.
This is a story of an extraordinary woman, who depite physical difficulties followed her dream.
Margarete Steiff was born 166 years ago today, 24th July 1847 in Giengen/Germany and died of pneumonia 9th May 1909 in Giengen/Germany
She was a seamstress and founded the Margarete Steiff GMBH 1880 which makes to this day stuffed toy animals.
Margarete was a very lively, well-built child and led a carefree life until she became ill with polio at the early age of 1½. She was destined never to walk and to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Her mother, above all, found this very difficult to bear. She would have to care for her daughter for as long as she lived. Her daughter would never be able to take on the role of housewife and mother and, at the time, it seemed as though she had absolutely no…
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