Teddy Bear Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our most
loyal childhood companions. The teddy bear dates back to the early
1900s and its history is closely linked to an American president.
In November 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt attended a
bear hunt in Mississippi. The other members of the hunting party
captured a young bear, tied it to a tree, and offered the shot to the
president. When news spread that Roosevelt refused to kill the bear, a
political cartoonist named Clifford Berryman depicted the president with
the bear in a cartoon titled, “Drawing the Line in Mississippi.” In the
first printing the cartoon bear was a full-grown animal, but it was
later redrawn as a cuddly cub. The story and cartoon became famous, toy
makers were inspired to create “Teddy’s Bear,” and by 1906 the teddy
bear craze was in full swing!
Today, teddy bears are a staple in any young child's life. Celebrate
this American icon and make sure the kids in your life have a huggable
teddy bear today!
Cute.. I thought I read somewhere years ago that on this day they give teddy bears to all the homeless kids in NYC.
I could be wrong, my memory is not great.
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