BOYDS BEARS Making folks laugh and sigh for over 20 years. Today, they are a small bunch of slightly off-center, fun folks working hard (or is that hardly working?)
MAURICE DALLAS Maurice Dallas has been involved in the American Folk Art revival for nearly forty years. In 1982 Mo Dallas created the Millwood Toy Co. The fervent love of Noahs ark still exists today.
STEIFF In 1913, Steiff designed and built it's first Noah's Ark in Giengen, Germany. This large animated display created a sensation and was admired at many trade fairs and exhibitions.
Since then, Steiff has recreated an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the variety of unique animal species they have made throughout the years. In 1994, a new Ark surfaced and during the following four years, animal pairs were introduced two by two and limited to 8,000 pairs of each. The whole set was created by hand in Germany by Steiff's expert craftsmen who have had many years of experience.
ESTES ARK Our Flag Ship Store is truly a concept store, built in the form of Noah's famous biblical Ark features three floors of merchandise covering over 5,000 square feet, A Slot Car Raceway and over 10,000 realistic stuffed plush toy animals on board visually delight children and adults alike. The nautical ark theme carries throughout each level of the ark, with just about every kind of animal you can think of. We use wooden barrels for lighting, ropes for netting, and cubbyhole animal stalls, stairways, and special displays, the entire structure feels much like what one might imagine from the original Ark. You can read more about Estes Ark in: Retail Superstars " Inside the 25 best independent stores in America. "
NOAH'S ARK God observes that the earth is corrupted with violence and decides to destroy all life. But Noah "was a righteous man, blameless in his generation, and Noah walked with God," and God gives him instructions for the ark, into which he is told to bring "two of every sort of animal ... male and female ... everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life," and their food.
God instructs Noah to board the Ark with his family, seven pairs of the birds and the clean animals, and one pair of the unclean animals. "On the same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was upon the earth," and God closes up the door of the Ark. The flood begins, and the waters prevail until all the high mountains are covered fifteen cubits deep, and all the people and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens are blotted out from the earth, and only Noah and those with him in the Ark remain.
Then "God remembered Noah," and causes his wind to blow, and the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens are closed, and the rain is restrained, and the waters abate, and in the seventh month the Ark rests on the mountains of Ararat. In the tenth month the tops of the mountains are seen, and Noah sends out a raven and a dove to see if the waters have subsided; the raven flies "to and fro" and the dove returns with a fresh olive leaf in her beak. Noah waits seven days more and sends out the dove again, and this time it does not return.
When the land is dry God tells Noah to leave the ark, Noah offers a sacrifice to God, and God resolves never again to curse the earth, "for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth."