Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Teddy Bear Love;

The Studies Bear, it was given to Lilli when she was studying for her BA in Natural Medicine.


Oliver is a Christmas Bear and was given to Lilli when she came back from an overseas stay.
Roesli the Bear in front belonged to my sister, she gave me hers and our Mother's Bear.

Butzli Bear was made by my middle daughter Jacquei for me, when she was still at High school .


Matti was my Mothers Bear. The little bear in front is a foundling.

This was one of Lucian, my grandson's, bears. He would spend holidays here as a child. He is now 20, studies medicine and sometimes he still comes to study here because it is so nice and quiet, he says.The "Hostipel" bear as Lucian called it, where Jaqcuei worked in the Children's ward at the Mater Hospital.
Lena in front belonged to Lilli.

History
The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino. There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier,[1] cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike,[2] but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.[3] While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.[4]
Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending the bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to sell the bears. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co., which still exists today.[2]
At the same time, in Germany the Steiff firm, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs. They exhibited the toy at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903 and exported 3000 to the United States.[2][5][6]
By 1906 manufacturers other than Michtom and Steiff had joined in and the craze for Teddy Bears was such that ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election.[5]
American educator Seymour Eaton wrote the children's book series The Roosevelt Bears,[7] while composer John Bratton wrote "The Teddy Bear Two Step" which, with the addition ofJimmy Kennedy's lyrics, became the song "The Teddy Bears' Picnic".[8]


8 comments:

Kilauea Poetry said...

This was a real neat historical post- accompanied with those photos which just personalized it..I liked him.
Regina-

Titania said...

Hi Regina,thank you for your visit and interest in my blogs. It is something nice to open the posts in the morning and find a nice comment.
It is still early and through my window comes a bird chorus, some have still to work on their songs their voices are so raucous!

diane said...

I love teddy bears. When I walk through shopping centres I give all the teddies I pass a cuddle, much to Bill's embarrassment

Titania said...

Diane, you are a sweetie.

Denise said...

I not so long ago posted my precious teddy bears Titania. I have a special love for them and I thought your post was fantastic. Have a great weekend ahead.

Titania said...

Thank you Denise; I go and look up your Teddy bears.

Elfe said...

Liebe Titania

Da hast Du neben Deiner Familie sogar noch eine Bärenfamilie! Wie schön!
Diese Geschichte von Roosevelt und dem Bären kannte ich nicht, ja der Teddybär hat seinen Siegeszug durch die ganze Welt gemacht, ist auch ein flauschiges Tierchen.
Schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüsse in Euren Sommer -:))
Elfe

Titania said...

Danke fuer deinen Besuch liebe Elfe. Hast du auch noch deinen Baer?