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The Teddy Bear

Updated on June 28, 2013

The History Of The Teddy Bear

The History Of The Teddy Bear

It was in November of 1902 that then President Theodore Rossevelt took a presidential trip to the state of Mississippi in order to negotiate a on going border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiania. Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman so while on his trip he took a break from his official duties to go on a Black Bear hunting trip.

Several press photographers went along on the hunt and were soon presented with the perfect photographic opportunity when Roosevelt was offered the opportunity to shoot a Black Bear Cub. Roosevelt however would have none of it. While it was true that he loved hunting he refused to shoot the small bear cub or allow anyone else to. He said that there was no way he was going to shoot such a poor helpless creature and he would shoot the first man that took a shot at the bear cub.

Illustrator Clifford Berryman captured the sweet moment forever in a cartton he did of the event in a Washington Star Cartoon. The cartoon was picked up and run in newspapers all over the USA and then the world making the little bear almost as famous as the President.

But in Brooklyn New York it gave toy store owners Morris Michton and his wife a brilliant ideal. They made a little brown bear with button eyes and put it in their shop window along with a copy of the cartoon and a sign that said plainly Teddy's Bear. The Bear sold quickly and they kept making more of the bears and put them in the window.

The Teddy Bear was a huge success and soon toy stores all over the USA and Europe were making Teddy Bears and selling them. And now you know the history of where the Teddy Bear came from. Did you know the story. Why not post a comment below now about the Teddy Bear.

President Theodore Roosevelt

A Tribute to Teddy Roosevelt

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One Of The Original Teddy Bears
One Of The Original Teddy Bears

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      7 years ago

      Morris and Rose Michtom in 1903 were innovators of their time! They were the first to put their immagination and creativity into this first creation of their Teddy Bear. Up till this time, toy animals, dolls, looked like the real thing. Only in books one could see immaginary figures. The original Michtom bear was created with a endeared baby-face, the public became amazed, which started the frenzy in New York! People could hold and dress this wonderful, immaginary creation for the first time in history! An Americon Icon was born!

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      8 years ago

      I just discovered your post on hubpages - a great collection of items, several new to me; especially the audio clips.

      I won't argue the Michton story here except to say that there is little evidence that Morris' wife made their first teddy until the T.B. fad exploded in mid 1906 following Seymour's Roosevelt Bears series and books. But there are several factual errors:

      The purpose of the trip to Miss. was for hunting black bears - nothing to do with a border dispute over some oyster shoals hundreds of miles away. The cartoon label "Drawing the Line in Mississippi" referred to his refusal to shoot a captive bear.

      Only three reporters were allowed into the hunting site and only during daylight hours, and none were at the site when the bear was captured. It was a 235 pound bear which had been chased by the dogs for several hours before being captured - and in the first cartoon of Nov. 18 1902 (Washington Post)it is shown larger than the man holding its rope. In later cartoons Berryman created the myth by drawing it as a cute cub, including a subsequent redrawing of the original, probably in early 1907 when he went to work for the Washington Star and was promoted as the "Teddy Bear" man.

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      9 years ago from Indonesia

      I really love Teddy Bear it's my favorite toy from my childhood, now my daughter also love it. Thank you for the great hub!

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      Thomas Byers 

      9 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome and thanks for posting a comment.

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      10 years ago from Central Georgia

      This is a great hub. Over the years I have read bits and pieces of how Teddy bear came about. I knew Roosevelt had something to do with it but not a lot more. Thank you!


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