Do you know why Teddy Bears are called Teddy Bears ? Do you know when they were invented and who first manufactured Teddy Bears ?
Here is some interesting information about Teddy Bears.
Do you know who this is ?? This is Richard Steiff the grandfather of all Steiff Teddy Bears. His mother was a seamstress who had turned her hand to making soft toys. He apparently made a Teddy Bear called Steiff bear 55bp which was to travel to America in 1902 but was believed lost as sea as they never arrived. People have searched for the 55bp bear but no single bear has ever been found only sketches of the bears. Steiff obviously made more bears and today the Steiff Bear button in the ear is synonymous with quality and variety.
The modern Teddy Bear is called a Teddy Bear after an American President. President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as “Teddy” refused to shoot a bear on a hunt that had been tied up. There were several other hunters competing on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt’s attendants cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery. This incident became the topic of a political cartoon.
An American Toy maker Morris Michtom saw the Teddy Roosevelt cartoon and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear,” after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The bear created by his company has a familiar classic shape head that I model my Memory Bears on.
By 1906 manufacturers other than Michtom and Steiff had joined in and the craze for “Roosevelt Bears” was such that ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election.
North American educator Seymour Eaton wrote the children’s book series The Roosevelt Bears, while composer John Walter Bratton wrote an instrumental “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, a “characteristic two-step”, in 1907, which later had words written to it by lyricist Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. We all know the song !
Early teddy bears were made to look like real bears, with extended snouts and beady eyes. Modern teddy bears tend to have larger eyes and foreheads and smaller noses, babylike features that enhance the toy’s cuteness. Teddy bears are also manufactured to represent different species of bear, such as polar bears and grizzly bears, as well as pandas.
While early teddy bears were covered in tawny mohair fur, modern teddy bears are manufactured in a wide variety of commercially available fabrics, most commonly synthetic fur, but also velour, denim, cotton, satin, canvas & as we know old clothes from babies or grown ups.
Teddy Bears are loved by kids of all ages 🙂