The Teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
As the story goes, someone tethered a bear cub to a tree for him to kill on a hunting trip.
When he refused to shoot the bear, he became a hero of sorts.
The incident became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.
Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy.
After receiving permission to use Roosevelt’s name, he created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear”.
The toys were an immediate success and Michtom started the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.
The “Roosevelt Bears” were so popular that ladies carried them everywhere.
Teddy Ruxpin and Care Bears were some of the more well known teddy bear brands in the 80s and 90s.
The world’s first Teddy Bear Museum was set up in Petersfield, Hampshire, England, in 1984.