TEDDY BEAR

Posted: January 24, 2012 in INFO's

There is an interesting funda about how the name TEDDY was linked to the soft cuddly toy which is famous all around the world among kids. Here is the story behind how it all started. Once upon a time in USA, long-long ago, not so long ago in November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt’s rescue of the bear. When a store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked President Roosevelt for permission to use the name “Teddy’s Bear” for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free. Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as Teddy Bears, but few people know that they were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

In his honour November 14 has been designated American Teddy Bear Day.

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