Do you love teddy bears? Ahead of National American Teddy Bear Day, on November 14th, why not join in the celebration of these cute and iconic products?
Teddy bears got their name from Theodore Roosevelt, who was the President of the United States in 1902. He was out hunting with his friends near the Mississippi River when they caught a small bear cub. Roosevelt refused to kill it and let it go, thus sparking the rumor of his kindness to animals – and the name Teddy Bear.
Margaret Steiff is another person often attributed to the development of teddy bears. She and her nephew visited a zoo and he was so taken with the bears, that she decided to make him a stuffed one as a gift. Morris Michtom then took it one step further and, with Roosevelt’s permission, began to sell teddy bears to the public in 1903.
National American Teddy Bear Day is full of love, care and delight. Teddy bears bring joy to our lives and are appropriate for any holiday. Many will agree that the home feels much more comfortable with the presence of these plush friends.
- The first song about Teddy was written in 1909 and 80 more have been released since.
- There are about 20 museums dedicated to toys around the world.
- Annual bear exhibitions have been held in Germany since 1994.
- The most expensive Teddy bear was sold for 90 thousand dollars in 1929, made from mohair.
How to take part
Get a new plush friend and add to your collection? You can also give a teddy bear to your loved ones. Finally, make sure you look after your teddies so they look like new!
When is National American Teddy Bear Day celebrated in 2023?
National American Teddy Bear Day is observed on November 14 each year.