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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, and toy makers were inspired to create the first “Teddy’s Bear." 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 childhood icon and make sure the kids in your life have a huggable teddy bear today!