The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear
Patricia Thorne is a writer, photographer and graphic artist who began her business career in advertising in Chicago in 1952. It was there that she met her former husband, William Woolway, an art director and exhibiting artist. After her marriage, she left advertising for a position as assistant editor and art director for the American Library Association, until several years later when her husband established his own advertising agency and needed her assistance as both bookkeeper and photographer. They worked together until two children came along that took more of her time - “my best assignment,” she recalls. She established her own business in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1983 as a writer, photographer, and graphic artist, the work she continues today.
Although she has never been a collector of Teddy bears, it was the toy Steiff bear her grandfather gave her that outlasted all the toys from her childhood, until it disappeared along with many other treasured items from her home when her mother became an invalid needing care. Since she was the youngest in her family, her grandfather was the only grandparent she knew. “A remarkable man - writing his story was always on my mind as something I wanted to do. Anyone who has ever owned and loved a Teddy bear, I think, would be interested in reading his story .” Now a resident of Idaho, where she raised her children, she has four grandchildren.