Gloria Franks Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Gloria Franks makes teddy bears out of West Virginia and has been making bears since the mid 1980’s after she sold her travel agency business and her husband retired from the Navy. Many Gloria Franks bears are traditional style large bears, fully jointed, made of mohair with many of them dressed. Her bears have been featured in many teddy bear magazines and can be seen at teddy bear conventions and local craft and trade shows. One of the more popular bears is “Young Bearon Franks” part of the Teddy Toddlers series of child like bears standing 30 inches high, wearing toddlers’ clothes and shoes.

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