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In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi.
As reported in the Washington Post, the presidential hunting party. trailed
and lassoed a lean, black bear, then tied it to a tree. The president was
summoned, but when he arrived on the scene he refused to shoot the tied and
exhausted bear, considering it to be unsportsmanlike.
The following day, November 16, Clifford Barryman, Washington Post editorial
cartoonist, immortalized the incident as part of a front-page cartoon
montage. Barryman pictured Roosevelt, his gun before him with the butt
resting on the ground and his back to the animal, gesturing his refusal to
take the trophy shot. Written across the lower part of the cartoon were the
words "Drawing the Line in Mississippi," which coupled the hunting incident
to a political dispute.
The cartoon drew immediate attention. In Brooklyn, NY, shopkeeper Morris
Michtom displayed 2 toy bears in the window of his Stationary and novelty
store. The bears had been made by his wife, Rose from plush stuffed
excelsior and finished with black shoe button eyes. Michtom recognized the
immediate popularity of the new toy, requested and received permission from
Roosevelt himself to call them "Teddy's Bears."
The little stuffed bears were a success. As demand for them increased,
Michtom moved his business to a loft, under the name of the Ideal Novelty
and Toy Corporation.
At the same time as it was born in The United States, the Teddy Bear was
also born in Germany. The Steiff Company of Giengen produced it's first
jointed stuffed bears during the same 1902-1903 period. The company had made
toys for a number of years and had produced small wool-felt pincushion type
animals of many varieties. The animals were the creation of Margaret Steiff.
Steiff bears were first introduced at the 1903 Leipzig Fair, where an
American buyer saw them and ordered several thousand for shipment to the US.
While other stories have been told regarding the birth of this wonderful
toy, the simultaneous births in Brooklyn and Giengen are the best
The cartoon at the top of this page is a later version of the Barryman
cartoon as it appeared in The Washington Star.
Pronunciation: 'te-dE- 'ber
Etymology: Teddy, nickname of Theodore Roosevelt; from a cartoon
depicting the president sparing the life of a bear cub while hunting :
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