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Monday, November 16, 2015

Teddy Bears

Image result for teddy bear cartoon originalWe have all cuddled teddy bears as a child, but very few know that it started with Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.  While hunting black bear in Mississippi, the President became increasingly frustrated at not being able to shoot a bear. To help him, hunt guides captured a bear and tied it to a tree, but after viewing the exhausted bear, President Roosevelt decided to let the animal go. On November 16, 1902 a Washington Post Cartoon by Clifford Berryman showed a bear which also appeared in later cartoons. Brooklyn Russian toy shop owners, Morris Michtom and his wife, designed a cuddly toy  based on the cartoon and the Teddy Bear was born.

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2 comments:

Joanne said...

teddy bears are classic

TracyK said...

I did know the connection with Theodore Roosevelt but not the full story. How interesting, and thanks for sharing that.