These toys began as elephants, which were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and at first sold as pincushions to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other successful animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats and pigs. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.
She died of pneumonia in Giengen.
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