Facts for Teddy Bear Day
1.The teddy was named after President Theodore Roosevelt, after he refused to shoot a bear during a 1902 hunting trip.
2.Inspired by a cartoon featuring the event, shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his wife Rose made a stuffed bear with a sign ‘Teddy’s bear’ and left it in their shop window. It gained so much attention that they started a successful toy making company.
3.Meanwhile, in Germany in the same year, the Steiff family developed a mohair bear with jointed limbs, based on zoo animals. They caused a sensation at a toy fair and were snapped up by an American buyer.
4.The tune of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was written in 1907 by American composer John W Bratton, although he called it the Teddy Bear Two-Step, and was often used to accompany circus acts. The lyrics were added by Brit Jimmy Kennedy in 1930.
5.The song has been recorded many times, by big names including Bing Crosby, Jerry Garcia and John Inman from Are You Being Served.
6.The largest collection of teddies ever auctioned belonged to American multi-million dollar investment scammer Paul Greenwood. His collection of 1,300 bears was auctioned at Christie’s for £1.1million.
7.They aren’t just for children – 40 per cent of teddy sales are for adults, and a quarter of us still has our childhood companion.
8.The correct term for a teddy bear collector is an ‘arctophile’.
9.A teddy has been into space! Magellan T Bear boarded Space Shuttle Discovery in 1995 as part of a school project.
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