The Real Story Behind the Invention of the Teddy Bear

By | August 10, 2018

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A teddy bear in the 1950s sits next to its tag explaining its link to President Theodore Roosevelt.

Teddy bears are cute, cuddly stuffed toys that parents give to babies and teenage boys give to their girlfriends. You can win one at the carnival. Heck, you can even make your own teddy bear at a store at the mall. But did you know that the lovable teddy bear was created more than one hundred years ago as after a popular political cartoon aimed at then-President Theodore Roosevelt? The toy teddy bear, that started out as a gag, became a symbol of conservation and sportsmanship. 

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Theodore Roosevelt was a Man’s Man

Tough, gritty, rugged, and adventurous, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, overcame a sickly childhood by adopting a strenuous exercise routine that included plenty of time outdoors. He embraced nature and is often considered to be the ‘naturalist president.” As he matured, he viewed as a robust cowboy personality that embodied the ideals of masculinity. Roosevelt was a man’s man.