NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY – September 9
Did you know it's NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY Sept. 9?
On September 9th, National Teddy Bear Day honors the history of one of childhood’s favorite toys.
Many people can recall a special cuddly stuffed teddy bear as a child. Some still have those teddy bears from childhood.
In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The caricature and the story became an instant classic.
That Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the bear cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”
"A teddy bear does not depend on mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved – and therefore, he lives."
~ Pam Brown
Since the advent of the Teddy Bear, a parade of famous stuffed animal characters followed. Even characters like Big Bird from Sesame Street had a Teddy Bear named Radar.
The lasagna loving cartoon cat who is celebrated on Garfield the Cat Day armed himself with Pooky, his lovable scapegoat teddy.
British Teddy Bears include Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington Bear.
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