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The Teddy bear history

Although we cannot imagine the world without the teddy bear our friend didn't make an entrance in history until late 1902 in two different parts of the world at the same time.

In America, the teddy bear, according to tradition started out as a cartoon drawn by Clifford Berryman and titled "Drawing the Line in Mississippi," which showed President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a baby bear. The story began when Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi to help settle a border dispute between that state and Louisiana, and his hosts took him bear hunting. Someone finally captured a bear and invited Roosevelt to shoot. Roosevelt's refused to fire at a helpless target which inspired Berryman to draw his cartoon with its play on the two ways Roosevelt was drawing a line--settling a border dispute and refusing to shoot a captive animal.

The cartoon appeared in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. It caused an immediate sensation and was reprinted widely. Apparently this cartoon even inspired Morris and Rose Michtom of Brooklyn, New York, to make a bear in honor of the president's actions. The Michtoms named their bear "Teddy's Bear" and placed it in the window of their store. The Michtoms' bear looked sweet and innocent like the bear in Berryman's cartoon. The demand was so strong that the Michtoms, with the help of a wholesale firm called Butler Brothers, founded the first teddy bear manufacturer in the United States, the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company and that's how the Teddy bear started.

 


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