Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2019.118.1
Dimensions: 6 in X 3.5 in X 7.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 15.24 cm X 8.89 cm X 18.415 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Jasmine Shevell
Plush TY brand Beanie Baby named "Rescue." The toy is a Dalmatian dog wearing a red collar; it has an American flag embroidered on its front-right upper leg. The original TY manufacturer tag is still attached.
On September 11, 2001, 8-year-old Jasmine Shevell was living in Bedford, Massachusetts. Like many young people at the time, she collected Beanie Babies and received this Dalmatian addition to her collection as a gift from a friend or family member sometime in late 2001 or 2002. Records kept by TY, Inc.—manufacturer of these small, plush toys—indicate that "Rescue" was introduced into the company’s special 9/11 commemorative line on October 12, 2001, along with a German Shepherd dog named "Courage." One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of these toys went to the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.