Many of us have had a special toy in our youth that brought comfort to us day and night. A lot of times that toy was a teddy bear. Teddy Bears are soft, snuggly and can be easily carried along in and out of the house. So whether you had a traditional teddy bear, a care bear or a Winnie the Pooh, it’s likely that you were attached to at least one of your bears.
The History of the Teddy Bear
Many years ago on November 14 in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt went on a hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi with some peers. All the hunters had killed a bear except for Teddy Roosevelt. One of the hunting assistants found a baby bear and tied it to a tree for him to shoot. Feeling bad and feeling this was unsportsmanlike he refused to shoot it. His friends in turn teased him about being too soft.
The story was leaked to Washington Post and they published a cartoon by Clifford Berryman, a political cartoonist, satiring the situation where he would not shoot the bear. [See the cartoon here.] Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, saw the cartoon and he and his wife Rose decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear. He called it ‘Teddy’s Bear’ with Roosevelt’s permission.
The teddy bear became really popular and the Michtoms founded a toy store named Ideal Toy Company. Now, you can find teddy bears everywhere and every toy company makes them. Did you have a special bear when you were little?
Teddy Bear Holidays
- National Teddy Bear Day – September 9th
- Care Bears Share Your Care Day – September 9th
- Plush Animal Lover’s Day – October 28th
- Hug a Bear Day – November 7th
- National American Teddy Bear Day – November 14th
- Have a Party With Your Bear Day – November 16th