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First Teddy Bear Sold

charliebearOn February 15, 1903, the first Teddy bear went on sale at a toy store in Brooklyn. The name ‘Teddy’ was borrowed from the nickname of then president, Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy bears have since become one of the most popular stuffed animal gift items to signify love, congratulations, or sympathy.

Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi in November of 1902 to help settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. After the issue was resolved, Roosevelt went on a hunting expedition to relieve stress. In this famous incident, Roosevelt’s hunting guides had tied an injured black bear to a tree for him to kill. Though the details about the incident are unclear – like the age of the bear or the exact reason behind Roosevelt’s reaction – the most popular consensus is that upon seeing the bear, Roosevelt said he did not hunt prey who could not fight back and let the bear go. Clifford Berryman, who was a political cartoonist, witnessed the incident and based what was to become an extremely popular cartoon off the event. He titled it “Drawing the Line in Mississippi,” and it featured Roosevelt in hunting garb ordering a small bear cub to be released. It was published in the Washington Post a few days later, and the name ‘Teddy bear’ was spawned from this.

The original teddy bear cartoon featured in the Washington Post.

The original teddy bear cartoon featured in the Washington Post.

Morris and Rose Mitchom were toy store owners and inventors who owned a small store in Brooklyn. Inspired by the popular cartoon, the two decided to create a replica of the bear in the cartoon and dubbed it ‘Teddy’s bear.’ Because they feared the president would be offended by the use of his name in correlation with a stuffed toy, they wrote and asked his permission. Several months later, the president finally responded, giving the Mitchoms permission but also expressing his doubt that the name would actually boost sales. He was wrong.

They displayed two bears Rose sewed in the window and both were snatched up in no time. People were soon requesting more be made, and the ecstatic Mitchoms promised to produce more. After a while, they began solely producing the popular toy. Roosevelt and the Republican party adopted the bear as their campaign symbol in 1904, and they were displayed at all White House functions. The original teddy bear is now on display in the Smithsonian Museum.

Sources: Examiner, Wikipedia, History.com

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Have a Party With Your Bear Day

Charlie Bear Plush - CALENDARS.COM

Charlie Bear Plush – CALENDARS.COM

November 16 is Have a Party With Your Bear Day! Though the origin of Have a Party With Your Bear Day is unknown, we speculate from our research that the date came from when a cartoon featuring President Teddy Roosevelt (whom the Teddy bear was named after) refusing to shoot a bear on a hunting trip was published in The Washington Post on November 16,1902. Today is not the only bear holiday out there. Teddy Bear Day was September 9, Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day was October 11, Teddy Bear Picnic Day was July 10, and lest we forget one of the most famous bears out there – Winnie the Pooh Day was January 18. It’s about time we celebrated our bear love again!

If you would like to have a party with your bear today, we’ve come up with a few different ways you can!

  1. Throw a special tea party just for your teddy bear. Time to make that little guy the guest of honor.
  2. Watch some television shows or movies featuring of your favorite celebearties together – Winnie the Pooh, Fozzie Bear, or Yogi Bear, just to name a few!
  3. Listen to and dance to Elvis’ “Teddy Bear” with your teddy bear!

This day isn’t just limited to celebrating your stuffed friend though! You can also:

  1. Visit your local zoo or animal sanctuary and see some real life bears.
  2. It’s football season, so if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, take a look at their schedule and celebrate by watching a game!

However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a bear-y good day!

Sources: Wikipedia, Holiday Insights, A Year of Holidays

 

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Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

ToyBearwithRedFlowerOctober 11 is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day!

Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day is kind of like “take your daughter/son/pet to work day”…but without the fear of distractions, messes, and complete destruction of your workplace. You may have to prepare for teasing from your co-workers if you’re the only one still holding on to a teddy bear. But don’t let that stop you from celebrating Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day. Your beloved teddy bear has been with you through good times and bad, so let him into your work life and show him off with pride!

Don’t have a teddy bear? Any other stuffed animal you have will do. Or you can use the occasion as an excuse to adopt a new teddy bear.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.co
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Teddy Bear Picnic Day

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a small bear while on a hunting trip. The Washington Post created a cartoon in the paper about the incident, and toy store owners Morris and Rose Michtom decided to capitalize on the event. They created a stuffed bear and asked permission from the President to call the animal a Teddy Bear, and just like that an iconic toy was born.

July 10 is a day to celebrate our Teddy Bears and the fond memories they invoke by having a picnic with our furry friends. So, gather up your old collection, throw a blanket on the ground, and enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic with your Teddy Bears. The good news is you don’t even have to pack extra food!

It was raining today, but we still had a Teddy Bear Picnic in the office while listening to the classic song.

Sources: Yahoo, Holiday Insights

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Teddy Bear Day – September 9

Brownie cupcake with teddy bear and candleSeptember 9 is National Teddy Bear Day!

Teddy Bear Day is a day to celebrate one of the most popular and lovable form of stuffed animal: the teddy bear! Celebrate by rescuing your old childhood teddy bear from the storage closet or by buying a new teddy bear for someone special or for yourself.

Did You Know…that the teddy bear was named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt? While on a hunting trip in November 1902, some of Roosevelt’s attendants injured a bear, tied him up and told Roosevelt that he should shoot it. Roosevelt refused, saying that their behavior showed poor sportsmanship. However, he did order that the suffering bear be shot, purely to put it out of its misery. Later, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted this scene in a cartoon featuring Roosevelt and a fierce-looking bear. However, Berryman redrew the cartoon to make the bear look younger and cuter. Upon seeing the drawing of Roosevelt and the cuddly bear, Morris Michtom created a new toy: a stuffed bear that he sold as “Teddy’s bear.”

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
Photo Source:By Dan Brian Gerona via Wikimedia Commons

 

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