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

Updated on January 22, 2015
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Daisy Mariposa has a B.A. from Montclair University in New Jersey and two occupational certificates from California colleges.

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

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

      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)

      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)

      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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      Mary Norton 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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      Dennis Hoyman 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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      Dianna Mendez 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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      Audrey Hunt 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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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

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

      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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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

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

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

      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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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 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 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

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

      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 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 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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      Audrey Hunt 3 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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      Stephanie Henkel 3 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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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Nithya Venkat 3 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 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Audrey Hunt 3 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 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Linda Bilyeu 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 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

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

      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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      Michelle Liew 4 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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      Dianna Mendez 4 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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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Martie Coetser 4 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Judith C Evans 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Debby Bruck 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Mary Hyatt 5 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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      Janine Huldie 5 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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      Paula 5 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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Paula 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Mary Craig 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Mohan Kumar 5 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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      Liz Elias 5 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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      jennzie 5 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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      Liz Elias 5 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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Michelle Liew 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Terrye Toombs 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      KDuBarry03 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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.

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      JT Walters 5 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.

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

      https://hubpages.com/education/Rough-Riders-Histor...

      https://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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Jeannie InABottle 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      JT Walters 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Jools99 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Denise,

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

      https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/Manuf...

      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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      Denise Handlon 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Cindy Murdoch 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Mayur Hassija 5 years ago from Madurai, India

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

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nare,

      Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate it.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Yeah I do, one is veeery big!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nare,

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

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

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

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 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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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Alissa Roberts 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      drbj and sherry 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Audrey Hunt 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      India Arnold 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      hoteltravel 5 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 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

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

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      Teresa Coppens 5 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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      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.