5507 - Yes-No Bear

© Nisbet, 1987

The Yes-No bear was introduced in 1988, and his special secret was a device hidden in his body, and controlled by his tail.   When the tail was moved from left to right, his head moved from right to left; push his tail down, the pull it up, and his head nodded up and down.   Our animation has tried to give you an idea of his head movement, which was both intriguing and amusing, and must have endeared him to lots of children (and some adults, too!)

Yes-No Bear sitting still for a moment!

Unfortunately, even the highlighted picture above does not really show Yes-No's tail very clearly.   He is the only teddy bear we have ever seen to have a tail, and for him, it is vital, as it houses the lever that makes him move his head, and brings him to life in a very amusing and endearing manner!

This special edition of the Yes-No Bear was, as his splendid blue sash tells us, 

"A souvenir of 1989 Keystone Traders ltd British Teddy Bear tour"

He has been signed on the pad of his right foot by Nisbet Chairman Jack Wilson.   You may also have spotted that he is made of a darker, "nutmeg" fabric than his brother!


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021