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hair and outfit color combinations
over time - including a green
jacket - it is possible that he was
designed, and named after, a
circus lacky whose given name
actually was Green.
Schlopsnies' circus dolls were
available for individual purchase,
but were intended to be collected
and presented as a three ring
circus, complete with animals,
vehicles, and other big top related
details. Scholpsnies' circus display
debuted in the fall of 1910 at the
Wertheim department store in
Berlin. Prior to World War II, this
upscale retailer operated seven
stores throughout Germany.
Wertheim's Steiff display featured
static as well as moving dolls,
including some mechanically
animated acrobat dolls - that
closely resembled the tumblers
in the real life Circus Sarrasani.
Schlopsnies' vision was an
immediate sensation throughout
Germany. According to Cieslik's
Button In Ear The History of the
Teddy Bear And His Friends,
"It had three circus-rings and
visitors to the Steiff show were
given a circus program - a comic
adaptation of an actual program."
News of the Schlopnies
circus also hit the international
toy, culture, and lifestyle
communities. It was
acknowledged as a "hot ticket"
by The International Studio, a
prestigious, illustrated fine
and decorative arts magazine
printed in New York by John
Lane & Company through
1921. According to an article
published in the February,
1912 edition, "A new note was
introduced in the manufacture of
these toys by Albert Schlopsnies,
who had already, when a pupil of
Franz von Stunk at Munich, tried

A print advertisement from 1914 featuring Green, photo from Advertising
Art of Steiff Teddy Bears and Playthings, Dottie Ayers and Donna
Harrison, 1991. Book from the author's collection.

Large, linen backed broadside for The Circus Sarrasani from c. 1908.
Photo from Philip Weiss Auctions.

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