History of the Teddy Bear — Roosevelt, Steiff, and Vermont

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This photograph represents some of the more than 40 bears in the author's collection. The chair in which the large bear is sitting is one in which the author sat as a child.
This photograph represents some of the more than 40 bears in the author's collection.
This photograph represents some of the more than 40 bears in the author's collection. | Source
The chair in which the large bear is sitting is one in which the author sat as a child.
The chair in which the large bear is sitting is one in which the author sat as a child. | Source

Origin of the Name "Teddy Bear"

United States President Theodore Roosevelt was known as “Teddy” Roosevelt. In November 1902, Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino invited then-president Roosevelt to go bear hunting with him and a group of other hunters. Several of the men in the group had already killed bears, and the members of Teddy Roosevelt’s entourage didn’t want the day to end without the president having killed a bear, too.

The men in Roosevelt’s group, led by Holt Collier, cornered an American black bear. They clubbed the bear, tied it to a tree, and suggested that the president shoot the animal. The president replied “Spare the bear! I will not shoot a tethered animal.” The story made national news when Clifford Berryman’s cartoon of the incident was published in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902.

Brooklyn, New York shopkeeper Morris Michtom, a Russian immigrant, saw Berryman's cartoon and asked his wife Rose to design a soft stuffed toy, a bear. The bear was completed in 1903. The Michtoms received permission from Theodore Roosevelt to name the bear after him. Roosevelt was quoted as saying "I don't think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it."

The Michtom's creation—which they called “Teddy’s Bear”—was displayed in their shop window along with a copy of the cartoon. Teddy’s Bear became a sensation almost overnight. The Michtoms went on to make their fortune with the company they formed, Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. Teddy Roosevelt gained a new political mascot.

This drawing by Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902.

The orginal drawing by Clifford Berryman showed a much larger bear standing on its hind legs. The drawing was revised to show the smaller bear pictured here. (This drawing is in the Public Domain.)
The orginal drawing by Clifford Berryman showed a much larger bear standing on its hind legs. The drawing was revised to show the smaller bear pictured here. (This drawing is in the Public Domain.)

Steiff, the Bear with the Button in the Left Ear

In late 1902, Richard Steiff was looking for ideas for new stuffed toys in order to increase the line of toys sold in his family’s Giengen, Germany business. He saw some bears in a traveling circus and sent his aunt Margarete Steiff a few sketches.

Margarete Steiff, an accomplished seamstress, created a bear, labeled “55PB” in the company’s catalog, from her nephew Richard's sketches.

The Steiff firm exhibited the bear at a Leipzig, Germany toy fair in March 1903. Bear 55PB was seen by Hermann Berg, a buyer for George Borgfelt & Company in New York. Berg ordered 3000 bears to be shipped to the United States.

The Steiff firm is still manufacturing hand-crafted bears today, all with a button in the left ear. Some of the bears have been manufactured in limited quantities and are very collectible.

Although, Morris and Rose Michtom and Richard Steiff and his Aunt Margrete Steiff were creating and selling bears at the same time, they probably were not aware of each others' existence due to the poor communications across the Atlantic in 1903.

Replica of Steiff Teddy 55PB, the first Teddy Bear produced by the Steiff firm in 1903. Due to the delicate nature of its construction, no originals of this bear are known to exist.
Replica of Steiff Teddy 55PB, the first Teddy Bear produced by the Steiff firm in 1903. Due to the delicate nature of its construction, no originals of this bear are known to exist. | Source

Vermont Teddy Bears — Handmade in the United States

In 1981, John Sortino noticed that every bear his son owned was made outside the United States. Sortino decided to bring the handcrafting of bears to Vermont.

In 1983, Sortino began selling his bears from a peddler’s cart in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont. It took him four days to sell his first bear in the market.

In 1990, Sortino began shipping his bears across the country. Within two days of launching this marketing campaign, Sortino’s sales goal for the entire year was met.

In 1993, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company constructed a facility for both teddy bear manufacturing and showcasing the manufacturing process. The new facility opened in 1995. Tours showing various aspects of manufacturing have been available since that time.

Two of the Vermont Teddy Bears in the author's collection.
Two of the Vermont Teddy Bears in the author's collection. | Source

Vermont Teddy Bear Shop Hours

Summer Season (July 1 to October 13)

9:00am to 6:00pm

Winter Season (October 14 to June 30)

9:00am to 5:00pm

Closed:
New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Vermont Teddy Bear Tour Hours

Summer Season (July 1 to October 13)
9:30am to 5:00pm

Winter Season (October 14 to June 30)
10:00am to 4:00pm

Tours last approximately 30 minutes

There is no production on the weekends or after 4:30pm during the week.

Tour Fee: Adults, $3.00 | Children under 12, free

The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory & Bear Shop
6655 Shelburne Road | Shelburne, VT 05482

(802) 985-3001 | (800) 829-BEAR

The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory & Bear Shop

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6655 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482, USA
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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Excellent job writing this article. I gotta admit, I've considered starting my own teddy bear line just because they seem so fun to create. Lovely hub, voted up and awesome. Very interesting topic.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

James,

Thanks so much reading my article and commenting in it. If you wanted to start your own line of teddy bears, you could create a few and try selling them on a site such as Etsy.

If you decided to go ahead with your project, please post another comment.


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TheMagician 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Wow, I didn't know that they were named after Theodore Roosevelt, or even that the first bear was made in 1903. Lots of great information! Loved the article, thanks for sharing... it really makes me want to start collecting teddy bears. They're adorable, but I'd end up with too many! =)


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Shesabutterfly 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Great hub! I knew the teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt, but didn't know the whole backstory. Very informative hub. I especially like that you added the Vermont Teddy Bear store and factory at the end.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Great info, I did sort of know about the Teddy bear origin but not about the famous cartoon. I have a Steif bear, its the millennium one, lovely little thing, really interesting thanks!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I had collected bears for years, but eventually we parted ways. I still have my collection of Cherished Teddies figurines. I can't let those go yet. If I'm ever in Vermont I'll check out the factory! Excellent tribute hub to teddy!!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Darling hub, Daisy. I love the Teddy Bears and didn't know all the info about how they got started. I have a teddy bear collection also, starting with the original teddy bear I had as an infant (ancient artifact - lol), but I don't have any Stiefl's or Vermont bears. I buy any cute teddy bear I see along life's way. Nice hub and very informative!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

Perfect timing with this hub! My son and I were playing with my first few teddy bears this morning and he asked about where teddy bears got their name. Now I can tell him! Great hub: voted up and interesting! :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

It's definitely on my list of work from home options. Has been for some time and reading your hub is swaying me even more so in that direction. I think it'd be a fun venture.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kay S.(TheMagician),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

Why don't you start collecting teddy bears? One can never end up too many!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shesabutterfly,

Thanks for reading my article. I wanted to discuss teddy bears that are currently handmade. I've been collecting Vermont Teddy Bears and giving them as gifts for several years, so I didn't have to do too much research on the subject.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for commenting. How exciting that you have a Steiff bear! I'll have to go to the Steiff Web site and see what the millennium bear looks like.

Do you own any typically English bears...a Paddington bear, for instance?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. I know you're a busy person, but if you ever have some free time, go to the Vermont Teddy Bear Web site and see all the types of bears the company sells. There aren't a great variety of bears...it's the costumes and accessories that make the bears different.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzette,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article.

Bears are such a nice, uncomplicated toy. I doubt there are many that don't have a story to tell, wouldn't you agree?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Marissa,

My article certainly is perfect timing for you! I'm glad I helped you explain to your son how teddy bears got their name.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

James,

Thanks for visiting again. A work-at-home business designing and selling one-of-a-kind bears is something you start on a small basis and expand as your sales increased. Good luck with your venture.


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

This is a great hub, lots of information I've learnt. Thanks for sharing daisy :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dilip,

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. Do people in India collect stuffed toys?


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

I was familiar with the story of Teddy Roosevelt's bear he refused to shoot tethered and how this was the basis of the name and toy.

I have had a lot of teddy bears and still have some of them-the old ones that were family heirlooms or made especially for me. Dad has one that Mom made him when they were first going together. However, we do not have a Steiff bear.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Flora,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I've seen some of the older Steiff bears...they're beautifully crafted.

Take a look at the Vermont Teddy Bear Web site if you get a chance. I find it interesting to see the variety of costumes they've designed for the bears. The various outfits really give the bears *personality*.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

I've always loved the story of how the teddy bear got it's name. Thanks for the reminder. I love how you incorporated the information about the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and the tour information. If I ever make it out that way, I will definitely make this a stop during my visit.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Fascinating -- I knew about the relationship between Roosevelt and the teddy bear, but not about Vermont bears. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cara,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. I wanted to show that there is a company today...an American company... that is producing handcrafted bears. The Vermont bears are wonderful. I only own two, but I have given several as gifts.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I didn't include the accessories in the photo of my Vermont bears, but...the bear on the right in my photograph has a backpack, sunglasses, and a cell phone.

I have some questions for you...Have you ever owned a teddy bear? Do you own a teddy bear now?


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very nice tribute to the Teddy Bear. All of my boys had their favourites growing up. And Winnie the Pooh bear was my youngest son's favourite. Great job!


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Hi Daisy, yes of course soft toys have great demand over here in our country :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Teresa,

Thanks for reading my article. I'm glad you enjoyed the tribute. What I like about teddy bears is that it's perfectly OK for adults to own them...and admit that they do.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dilip,

Thanks for stopping by again. I really never thought about it before, but soft toys such as teddy bears can probably be found in most countries.


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hoteltravel 4 years ago from Thailand

I too had my collection of teddies, but gave it away years back. I still remember them and hope they are in 'good hands'. Nice to read the story behind the creation of this cuddly toy. Voted up and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

hoteltravel,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I began my current teddy bear collection as an adult. I have more stuffed toys living in my home now than I did as a child.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Awesome hub! I love that inclusion of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour! I would never leave! I see the Steiff bears on Antiques Road Show once in a while, so it was interesting to find information on them here in your work. This is a delightful hub! Gets all the kudos from me that I can offer!

HubHugs~


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

India,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Thanks, too, for the share on Google+. We were in that part of Vermont several years ago viewing the fall foliage. Our time was limited, and we didn't have time to take the tour. I know I would have spent hours...and a lot of money...at the factory.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Who doesn't like Teddy Bears? And who wouldn't love this fantastic hub on the history of the Teddy Bear by hubpages finest...Daisy Mariposa!

I'm just thrilled to learn that the name "Teddy" came from Teddy Roosevelt. And I thought by now I knew everything. :-)

Voting up and completely across the board was all I could do after learning so much about my favorite stuffed animal. A huge thankyou!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I decided to take a break from my geography quiz, museums, and craft instructions series and write something different.

I have somewhere around 80 stuffed toys in my house, 40 to 50 of which are teddy bears. The Hub idea was literally staring at me.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Daisy. I knew that teddy bears were named after Teddy Roosevelt but I did not know that it was the Ideal Toy Company (Morris' company) that first marketed them. What an inspiration that was. Thanks for all this great additional information.

So you're a teddy bear collector? We have a lot in common. I have a collection of pigs - don't even know how many - and many of them are plush toys. Nice to know another collector.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dr. BJ,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. I've known about the connection to Teddy Roosevelt "forever," but it wasn't until I begin doing research for my Hub that I learned about Morris and Rose Michtom, who went on to found Ideal Toys.

What I find particularly interesting is that all three companies I've discussed in my Hub started out as small family businesses.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

This is such an interesting hub Daisy! I never knew the whole background of how the teddy bear started. I also love how the bear gram company made its yearly goal in two days. Just goes to show you that if you have an original idea you are more likely to be successful! Awesome job - voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alissa,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Everyone to whom I have ever sent a Vermont Teddy Bear has commented about the Bear-Gram marketing concept and how the bears are packaged. I've been thinking about the bears so much lately, I'm tempted to order another Vermont Teddy Bear for myself.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy...

Great Hub! I knew (of) the connection between Roosevelt and the bears...but not the why. Now I know! Voting Up and sharing!

Thomas


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I knew the connection between Teddy Bear and Roosevelt, but not in the great details. Rest of the things are entirely new for me.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas,

Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it. I appreciate that.

The Teddy Roosevelt story is an interesting piece of American history. His connection with the stuffed toy helped make it OK for adults to own teddy bears.

Speaking of that, Thomas, have you ever owned a teddy bear?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

How did you come to know of the connection between Teddy Roosevelt and the teddy bear? Was it something you learned in school?

I'm glad you learned something new from reading my Hub.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy...

Oh yes...I have owned and bought (for my ex) many a Teddy Bear. At present, however, I am without a Teddy Bear although I DO have...a stuffed Orangutan that I call Ira because he reminds me of an old boss I once had who was named Ira.

Thomas


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas,

Thanks for visiting again. I'm laughing so much after reading your comment about owning a stuffed Orangutan that I'm having difficulty seeing how to type.


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

I love love love teddy bears!!! Is there anything I love that much?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nare,

Thanks for reading my article. Do you own many teddy bears?


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Yeah I do, one is veeery big!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nare,

Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate it.


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Madurai Mayur 4 years ago from Madurai, India

I enjoyed reading this Hub. thank you for sharing. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Madurai,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you.

Thanks for reading my Hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

What a fun and interesting story. I knew the bear was named for Roosevelt, but I learned so much nore from your hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cindy,

Thanks for reading my Hub. I knew about the Roosevelt, Steiff, and Vermont bears before I began researching my article, but I learned so much more myself. This was a fun article to write.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Daisy-I followed the link from Cara's hub to yours. What an interesting hub chockful of info. I was amazed that 11% of those who voted never owned a TB. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Denise,

Thanks for following the link from Cara's Hub to mine...

http://hubpages.com/travel/Manufacturing-Tours-in-...

Cara and her family went on some factory tours in Michigan, and one of the places they visited was a teddy bear factory.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Daisy, interesting hub. We watch a TV show in the UK called Antiques Roadshow and they occasionally have the Steiff bears on there. They go for quite a bit of money at antique fairs etc.

Voted up and shared.....


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing my Hub.

I watch both the US snd UK versions of Antiques Roadshow. Is the American version of the program shown in England?


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Great Article. My family worked for Theodore so I knew this but this is a story rarely told in American History so excellent.

JT


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

JT,

Thanks for reading my Hub and adding your comment. How exciting that your family worked for Theodore Roosevelt! Do you have any anecdotes you can share with us?


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Teddy Bears are just so cute. I know there would be too many in my home if I didn't keep my stuffed animal addiction under control. ;-)

Cute hub and voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jeannie,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I have bears and other stuffed animals all over my house. What's good about having so many (70 to 80, I think), is that if I bring a new one home, I can usually hide it among some of the others for the first few days. Then, if my boyfriend spots it, I just tell him it's a stuffed bear that's lived in our house for a long time.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Good Evening Daisy,

Yes, and I could be very specific but instead I will just refer you to my hubs of a family heirloom signed by Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley becaue you asked. I hope you don't mind but for convience I have included the links.

http://hubpages.com/education/Thomas-A-Anderson-A-...

http://hubpages.com/education/Rough-Riders-History...

http://hubpages.com/education/Being-Bosch

I have more but I will only give you three hubs as I do not want to be over promotional.

Happy Day!!

JT


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

JT,

Thanks for visiting again. Thanks, too, for providing links to your Hubs related to your family heirloom signed by Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. It was very thoughtful of you.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

excellent reading, Daisy! I had no idea the history of the Teddy Bear was from President Roosevelt saving a bear! Very interesting; it's even quite comical but cute, in a sense. Well, him saving the bear definitely opened a large business for children :) great read!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Keith,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

The bear incident caused a marketing campaign to be developed for Teddy Roosevelt. He was frequently seen with a teddy bear after that.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great story about the history of the teddy bear. :) My favorite teddy was my Humphrey Beargard that my mom bought me cuz I loved Casablanca. It was the cutest bear dressed like Humphrey Bogart. :) VUM.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Terrye (TToombs08),

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I'm glad you liked the article.

You wrote about Humphrey Beargard in the past tense. Do you own any bears now?


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Love bears.....teddy or the real sort. Still collect them today! The only thing is that they get rather dusty if not washed once in a while!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I use a lint roller to remove the dust from my teddy bears. Have you tried that?


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well-done article! I did know the origin of the name, but am confused by a statement later in the article about the Vermont bears being founded because all the bears were then crafted outside the U.S. The original bear, crafted by an immigrant's wife...would seem to imply that they were crafted right here....and their company was founded here. Unless the reference is to many years later, after manufacturing began to be shipped offshore to China.... .... ???

I never had a 'name brand' bear....but I did receive a small Steiff mouse as a gift once--it was a lapel pin. Very cute.

Voted up, interesting and shared.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I love teddy bears! Very informative hub on its history. Voted up and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ms Lizzy,

It's nice to "see" you again. I discussed three different companies in my article...Steiff, the Michtoms (which was sold to Ideal), and Vermont Teddy Bear.

Mrs. Michtom was, indeed, an immigrant. Mr. and Mrs. Michtom sold their company to Ideal, and Ideal went out of business.

At the time that the Vermont Teddy Bear Company was founded, there were no companies with manufacturing facilities in the United States that were producing teddy bears.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jenn (jennzie),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub, commenting in it, and sharing the article. I appreciate it.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, I see--I'd heard of Ideal in my younger years, hence the confusion. I didn't know they'd gone belly-up.

Thanks for the clarification.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Great article Daisy, I knew the Roosevelt story but didn't know about the toy company that first manufactured 'em. You must be a bear collector too - I never had toys when I was little but my children more than have made up for it. Our house is filled with plush toys as they never get tid of em. My daughter and youngest son have several teddys. great hub, voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support. I suspect that Anna and Daniel have more than just a few teddy bears and other plush toys...am I correct?

I do collect plush animals. I have 80 or 90 of them, 40 to 50 of which are bears. (I haven't done a census in a while.) The three photographs in this article credited to me are pictures of some of my bears.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Great tribute to the Teddy Bear. I knew about its origin but didn't know it was in Brooklyn, I guess more than a tree grows in Brooklyn. Nice pictures of your collection too! Funny how we start out with one of something and then it just blossoms.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I've been collecting plush animals, especially teddy bears, for so long, I'm not certain who was the first bear (or other animal) in my collection.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy....Who hasn't had at least one teddy in a lifetime? ...and who would not LOVE Teddy Bears?? They're the perfect, cute and cuddly doll. I had a PANDA as a child, with a very unique name...."teddy."......how's that for a kid with a creative imagination?

This is another great hub by you and I thoroughly enjoyed all the history on "Teddies." Thanks for this enjoyable read.

Years ago I had a Teddy collection, but it got to be a bit much......I gave away and donated all my "stuffed" bears of every type and color and only kept the other bear stuff I had, like pictures, shirts, figurines, cookie jar, etc...that type of stuff. I gave up on "collecting" anything, altogether.........OH, except dust bunnies......HP has been my biggest contributor. UP+++


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I also had a panda as a child. I don't remember very much about it, except that it was bigger than I was.

Right now, the red bear that's in the top photo in my article is sitting next to me. I like having him around...he's very quiet and respectful.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh.....OK....Daisy......That's very nice that you have a quiet and respectful "red bear" friend. Do you both see the same Therapist???........

Oh ..c'mon now....where's our sense of humor??? LMAO!!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Daisy, I wanted to read this all day and finally got a free moment to read and was so happy I did. I did know the origin of the name of the now famous 'Teddy Bear' being from Teddy Roosevelt's encounter with the bear, but loved learning more about the actual Ideal Toy Company (my great-aunt actually worked there) and also the Steiff Bear Company ( I own a few of these), as well as the Vermont Teddy Bear Company (which my husband bought me a few before we married). Very informative and loved the pics of your actual Teddy Bears too! Shared and VUMs too!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

As one collector to another, I can imagine how proud you are of your collection of bears. I never began to collect bears, but I have collected Barbie dolls since the first one came out. This is a very interesting article with little known facts about the origin of the teddy bear. I had a friend who made miniature teddy bears for Disney World. They were about 3 inches long!

I voted this Hub UP and shared. Mary


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janine,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

The red bear that's in the top-most photo in my Hub is sitting next to me as I'm typing this. He comes from the gift shop in the USS Midway Museum...the only bear in my collection that was purchased on a US Navy aircraft carrier.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Collecting is fun, isn't it?

You're the third Barbie collector I've met who writes for HubPages. Nell Rose and Rachel Vega also collect Barbies.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Daisy ~ Very cool hub and I bet lots of people read it because I think Teddy Bears the ultimate stuffed animal. I might place Winnie-The-Pooh at the top of the list. What a surprise to find that so far, 11% of respondents to your poll did not own a Teddy Bear! Blessings, Debby


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Debby,

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. This was such a fun Hub to write.


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jcevans2009 4 years ago from Boise, ID

I have always loved stuffed animals -- I have a favorite bear named Lydia -- and truly enjoyed this hub. You've reminded me that one of these days, I must get myself a Vermont Teddy Bear! Voted up and awesome :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Judith (jcevans2009),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Vermont Teddy Bears are wonderful! You can select the artificial fur color, eye color, clothes, and accessories for your bear. You can have the clothes personalized with a name or initials, and you can also order a tattoo.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I always wondered where the name Teddy Bear comes from and never took the time to find out. Now, at last, I know. I love new information - natural stimulants. Very interesting, thank you Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Martie,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Teddy bears probably have more history associated with them than do most other collectibles and toys. This was such a fun article to research and write.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have a collection of Teddy Bears my husband has given me through the years. Love these special symbols of love. Enjoyed your share on how they came into being and the other featured highlights.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Coming in again to say that I love teddies. As Dianna has said, they are special symbols of love and comfort. Thanks for sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Some of my teddy bears are sitting next to me as I'm writing my reply. I like having them around while I'm using my computer.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for visiting again. It's great that so many adults have teddy bear collections. I'm going to have to do a plush animal census soon. I've lost track of how many bears and other animals I own.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy National Teddy Bear Day (11/14/13) ... All teddies should get an extra hug on their special day.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for stopping by again. Thanks, too, for acknowledging teddies on their special day. I have a few of my 40 to 50 bears sitting on a chair next to my computer as I'm typing this.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Came back to take another look at part of your Teddy Bear Collection. How old were you when you were given your first one? Where do you keep all your bears? Just curious.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for visiting again. I received my first "bear," a koala from my grandfather, when I was a year old. I don't remember the koala, but from what my mother told me, it was bigger than I was.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading all about the history of the adorable teddy bears. One day I would love to take the teddy bear tour, it must be great. Thank you for sharing this hub and voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I've been to Vermont, but not to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory & Bear Shop. It's definitely a place I'm going to visit the next time I'm in New England.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

Teddy Bears are adorable! We visited the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and showroom yesterday and I fell in love with the giant squishy bears! Who can resist a Teddy Bear?


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

It's been 2 years since I've visited this hub. It's such a joy to read I figured I'd treat myself again.

If I could, I would have Teddy Bears to welcome me all over the house. Hope all is well Stephanie.

Sharing this and pinning. - Audrey


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Lovely hub, Daisy!

Now, who doesn't love a Teddy Bear! I still love to gift cute Teddy Bears to kids. I have also made some, when my kids were small.

How interesting to read its history! Very nice, interesting and informative hub. I will show this to my daughter, who has an impressive collection of Teddy Bears and although she is a grown up girl, she loves these as gift.

Voted up and pinned!


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GmaGoldie 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I love American made and yet I have never heard of the Vermont teddy bear! This is exciting news. Thank you for bringing this information to us. Voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. How exciting that you visited the Vermont Teddy Bear factory! Did you rescue a bear from their shop?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading my article another time. There are bears everywhere in my home. A bear I brought back from Yosemite National Park is sitting near my computer as I type.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada.

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Did you own any Teddy Bears when you were younger, or was it just your daughter who did?

You write that you made some bears. Did you keep any for yourself?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelly (GmaGoldie),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I'm glad you found a "new" American-made company.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Daisy!

I don't remember myself playing with any Teddy Bears as a child. But I had some hand made stuffed dolls made by my grandmother.

Yes I had made lot of stuffed toys for my kids and kids of my siblings. This included Teddies, baby elephant, Jokers, Dolls etc. I still have the cut out sketches. May be I would write a hub about them sometime in future.

Thanks!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for stopping by again. My craft Hubs have been very popular. Readers are always looking for new ideas. Your writing an article about making the stuffed toys is a wonderful idea. I hope you find the time to do so.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I like to write about antiques and collectibles and just learned about Steiff bears about a year ago. Very interesting history and they are just so darned cute!


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aka-rms 2 years ago from USA

I have a thing for vintage Teddies. I enjoyed reading this.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Have you read my Hub about the appraisals I received when I went to the Antiques Roadshow?


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Robin (aka-rms),

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Do you collect vintage bears or dolls?


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I loved this the last time I read this hub and I love it more the second time here. Since my last visit I've been studying the life of Teddy Roosevelt. The fact that he wouldn't kill the tethered bear gives me a whole new respect for him. :)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I just love the teddy bear on the chair! Love reading this hub and the story behind it.


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gardener den 2 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

Great Job! in writing this hub enjoyed reading your article keep up the great work!


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a lovely history for this toy that's loved by everyone. Enjoyed reading this. Thank you Vocalcoach for sharing it.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading my article another time and posting your comment. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for visiting my teddy bear collection another time. The bears and I appreciate it.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gardner Den,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

aesta1,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I hope you have an opportunity to reach some of my other Hubs.

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