How did the teddy bear get its name?
Teddy bears are soft, cute and cuddly little teddy bears with a high forehead, big eyes and a short nose that makes the face look more human. Today (2010), Teddy bear, comes in all sizes with all different types of clothing. But, that wasn’t always the case. When they were first made, they had a high forehead, small eyes, a long nose, and a snout that made the face more bear-like.
The origin of the teddy bear with the name “Teddy Bear”, can be traced back to an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902. Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino invited the President of the United States . and various other hunters on the adventure. The competition was fierce and most of the other hunters had already killed an animal. A group of aides to the president worried that he hadn’t gotten a bear. After a long and exhausting dog chase, they captured an American black bear, beat it and tied it to a willow tree. The president was brought to the scene and it was suggested that he shoot the bear. He refused to shoot the bear himself, considering it unsportsmanlike, but ordered the bear killed to put him out of his misery. This act of compassion became the subject of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.
One story is that the teddy bear was first made in the US by a merchant in Brooklyn, New York in 1902. The teddy bear was the brainchild of two merchants, Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants who owned a candy and novelty shop. . Morris got the idea for the teddy bear from the newspaper’s political cartoon of the president not shooting the bear. Morris had his wife, Rose, sew the teddy bears so they could be sold at her store.
In 1902 Theodore Roosevelt, was the twenty-sixth president of the United States of America (September 14, 1901 – March 3, 1909). Theodore Roosevelt’s nickname as a child was “Teddie” and his first wife, Alice Lee, called him Teddy. Alice Lee died giving birth and Roosevelt never got over it. After that, he didn’t like being called Teddy. But, his audience still called him Teddy.
Morris Michtom sent a teddy bear to President Roosevelt and obtained permission to name the stuffed animal “Teddy Bear”. The cute version of the teddy bear soon appeared in the store and quickly became a bestseller both nationally and internationally. Over the years the name has been shortened to Teddy Bear.
The teddy bear became a hit with both adults and children during this time period. New Jersey spas feature teddy bears as prizes and souvenirs. Bear accessories and up-to-date patterns for sewing bear clothing were featured in Woman’s magazines. Songs, books, and even a 1907 movie marked the growing popularity of teddy bears. The worldwide popularity of Teddy Bears makes this stuffed toy the most popular ever.