The Onward Store
The Onward Store

All of news media over President Roosevelt’s hunt and the refusal to shoot the bear caught the attention of Brooklyn toy store owners Rose and Morris Michtom. Rose was accustomed to seeing stuffed bear figures turned into children’s toys, but her husband thought he saw a gimmick. Mitchom wrote the president asking if he could name the stuffed toy bears in his shop “Teddy’s Bears.” The president agreed and before long all stuffed bears were known as Teddy Bears*.They started marketing the stuffed animals as Teddy Bears, named after “Teddy” Roosevelt. The Michtoms founded the Ideal Toy Company and became rich.

The Teddy Bear received a much acclaimed honor during the 100th anniversary of the famous hunt in 2002, when the United States Postal Service announced the issuance of four postage stamps and accompanying postal cards bearing the likenesses of four Teddy Bears manufactured between 1905 and 1948.

Since that time, stuffed toy bears have been called Teddy Bears. This children’s icon was named because of a hunt President  attended in the Mississippi Delta in 1902 where he refused to kill a black bear. Today there are Teddy Bear collectors or arctophiles*, Teddy Bear magazines, shows and clubs worldwide. The Teddy Bear is the state toy of Mississippi, and each year a different commemorative teddy bear is sold at the Great Delta Bear Affair.


*Teddy bear is a stuffed toy bear. They are usually stuffed with soft, white cotton and have smooth and soft fur. It is an enduring form of a stuffed animal in many countries, often serving the purpose of entertaining children. In recent times, some teddy bears have become collector’s items.[1] Now, teddy bears come in various styles and people can dress them up in many different articles of clothing.  ‘Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”

*Arctophile is a person who collects bears, from the greek words ‘arcto’ (bear) and ‘philos’ (lover). Although Teddy Bears have been around for 100 years, the term wasn’t coined until the mid 1980’s. As it was, bear collecting did not become the phenomenon it is today until the late 1960’s, when actor Peter Bull asked the audience of the “Today” show for interesting Teddy Bear stories. Within a week he had received over 2,000 letters! He went on to write the book “Bear With Me”, launching his career as ambassador for the Teddy Bear. “The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia”, by Pauline Cockrill.

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