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The origin of the Teddy Bear

27th Jan 2015

The origin of the Teddy Bear.

Teddy bear History
The history of the Teddy Bear dates back to 1902.American President Theodore Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi but had been unable to shoot a bear. In desperation, on the last day, the President’s hunting party captured and tethered a bear to a tree. When Mr.Roosevelt arrived at the scene he refused to shoot the bear as it was unsportsmanlike.

The incident was immortalized by a cartoon in the Washington Post.

In Brooklyn, New York, shopkeepers Morris & Rose Michtom made a plush toy bear which was placed in the window of their stationary shop calling it “Teddy’s Bear”. Michtom formed the Ideal Novelty and Toy Corporation and became the first company to produce teddy bears. The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum’s oldest bear dates from 1906 and is based on the original pattern.

At about the same time in Germany, Richard Steiff, the nephew of Margarete Steiff, was working for his aunt designing new soft toys. He came up with a design for a teddy bear based on the bears he had seen at the local zoo. The Steiff Company of Giengen produced its first jointed stuffed bears during the same 1902-1903 period. Steiff teddy bears were first introduced at the 1903 Leipzig Fair, where an American buyer saw them and ordered 3,000 for shipment to the US. Europe was a bit slower to catch on to the teddy bear craze.But it eventually did with a passion and the Teddy Bear soon spread all over the world!

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