How Teddy Started

Teddy Bear
@Marcyaz (35651)
United States
July 13, 2016 10:48am CST
How many of you had a teddy bear as a child and loved it? Did you know how the name Teddy Bear came into being? In the early 1900's President Theodore Roosevelt was a hunter who refused to shoot a small baby bear. The owners of a toy company contacted The President and asked him if they could call their bears "Teddy Bears". That company later became the Ideal Toy Company one of the largest in the world. Do you know where your teddy bear is today?
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@MALUSE (41206)
• Germany
13 Jul 16
It's not 'a' toy company but the world famous German toy company Steiff. I didn't have a teddy bear when I was a child.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@MALUSE Thanks for the information that is is a world famous German toy company, now I have learned something new. Oh no teddy when you were a child, how sad.
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@MALUSE (41206)
• Germany
13 Jul 16
@Marcyaz I had some dolls, though. I was a child after WW2. That means there weren't many nice things on offer.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@MALUSE Yes, I can understand that after the war Germany didn't have much nice things.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
13 Jul 16
Several newspapers ran the story of his refusal to kill a young bear, one including a cartoon of the incident, which gave the company the idea of marketing them. They could never have imagined the huge success that would follow.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@Asylum No I don't expect they would know how successful that move of theres would be in the world.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
13 Jul 16
@Marcyaz The concept has reached such a level of popularity that teddy bears have become collector's items and there are even teddy bear museums.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@Asylum Very true and just thinking of how it all started is unbelievable.
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• United States
13 Jul 16
I had a lot of stuffed animals and teddy bears growing up. The top shelf of my closet are my teddy bears
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby You had a good time playing with them didn't you?
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• United States
13 Jul 16
@Marcyaz Yes I did! I still have them and they're cute to look at.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby That is great and you have some cute ones you can look at.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Jul 16
I did know this because I taught my kids all of the interesting facts about our presidents for history class. =) They loved this one the most I think.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@LovingMyBabies I think this is a wonderful story that children will remember.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Jul 16
I've still got my first teddy... and lots of others too. Many of them were made for collectors and have never been played with.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Jul 16
@Gina145 Wow your first Teddy you have today I wonder have much they would be worth in todays market.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Jul 16
@Marcyaz It would be worth a lot more than it cost when it was new, but the money still wouldn't go far today. There are some really valuable teddies around, but sadly mine isn't one of them. Mind you, that's not such a bad thing because this way I'll never be tempted to sell him.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
18 Jul 16
@Gina145 It might be good to just keep your Teddy and that way you have something from your childhood always.
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@Inlemay (16656)
• South Africa
15 Jul 16
I have what one calls a REAL Teddy - I remember my mom telling me the history behind the bear, so therefore I keep my 52 year old Teddy very safe away from naughty children
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
15 Jul 16
@Inlemay That means you have one of the oldest teddy bears still around. lol That is a real teddy for sure.
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@Inlemay (16656)
• South Africa
16 Jul 16
@Marcyaz I got it winning a drawing competition at age 5 - Its a well played with teddy - from my days
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Jul 16
@Inlemay I bet you were all excited to win a teddy bear at five years old, I bet it is still in a place of honor in your home.
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@Daljinder (21703)
• India
13 Jul 16
Interesting thing to learn. I think I have had two bears when I was little. I vaguely remember them because I didn't have them for long. I mostly remember having dolls, cars, train sets and all sorts of animal stuff toys.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@Dajinder I thought it would be interesting. To bad you didn't have the bears for long.
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@Daljinder (21703)
• India
13 Jul 16
@Marcyaz I think I "unstuffed" them
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@Daljinder That is what a lot of children do. lol
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@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
20 Jul 16
My niece and nephews inherited all my teddy bears, they love it and even kept them on their bed.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@Bhebelen14 My nieces 4 of them inherited the teddy bear and dolls I had as a child since I had all boys.
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• Philippines
20 Jul 16
@Marcyaz wow that's nice.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@Bhebelen14 Yes it was nice for them to have those toys to play with.
@tzwrites (4952)
• Romania
21 Jul 16
Very interesting I had no idea. Teddy bears are my favourite plush toys.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@rzwrites Glad I was able to inform you of how the Teddy's started. They are very plush.
• Austin, Texas
19 Jul 16
Yes. I was doing some research on American presidents and came across the story about the Teddy bear. I don't remember ever having a teddy bear when I was growing up. Dolls. But no teddy. Never even thought about it until you asked the question.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@cmoneyspinner Isn't it interesting how it came about. I had a teddy and a doll from what I can remember.
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@Shiva49 (13397)
• Singapore
15 Jul 16
That is interesting. I did not have a teddy bear as I child though it became common later - siva
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
15 Jul 16
@Shiva49 I thought it was very interesting to find out. Sorry you did not have a teddy bear as a child.
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@JustBhem (39341)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jul 16
I still have my teddy bear in our shelf. I have like 6 I think but they are smaller.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@JustBhem Great you have a teddy bear on your shelf and 6 of them is fantastic.
@cpefley (1697)
• Hemet, California
13 Jul 16
I named a Ralph Lauren teddy bear that I got when I was a teenager, "Theo", after Theodore Roosevelt. I kept him forever and even took selfies 20 years apart lol. I still have him and my kids play with him.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@cpefley You took selfies 20 years apart that is amazing and your children play with him now, wonderful.
@Jackalyn (6651)
• Oxford, England
13 Jul 16
I still have a few of my kids bears. Mine was a wonderful character called "Ted." I have no memory of him being anything other than eyeless and threadbear although my Mum tried to give him eyes from time to time. I suppose he was thrown away sometime long ago.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
13 Jul 16
@Jackalyn I have no teddy bears anymore either some of my boys teddies had no eyes and were threadbare also.
@Hannihar (38164)
3 Jun
@Marcyaz Thank you for telling me how teddy came into being. I do not remember having a teddy bear when I was kid.
@dianadee (1727)
• South Africa
21 Jul 16
Teddies are so cuddly and beautiful to hold. Very comforting toy too. I loved my teddy bears as a child. Seems as if they never go out of fashion!
@RubyHawk (26893)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Jul 16
I have no idea, I had never thought about how the teddy bear got his name.
@lilnana1111 (2341)
• United States
14 Jul 16
I had one as a child, loved it, don't know where ot ended up.
@nanette64 (17697)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jul 16
I do have several Teddy Bears @Marcyaz . One in particular I've had since I was 10 years old (I'm 65). Up until 2 years ago, they were all sitting on my bed. I've packed them up in a safe place.
@LoriAMoore (4683)
• United States
14 Jul 16
I had no idea. That's very interesting.