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Bears

In 1902, United States President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi. A black bear had been provided as a target for the president to shoot. The president considered it unsportsmanlike to shoot the animal and refused to do so. The event was widely publicized by a cartoon that appeared in the Washington Post the following day. The bear appeared in political cartoons and became known as "Teddy's bear." Soon, stuffed toy bears were modeled after the cartoon. Eventually, the toys were known simply as teddy bears.

Morris Michtom, founder of the Ideal Toy and Novelty company, asked permission from the president to sell toy bears made by his wife Rose as "teddy bears." The bears became widely popular and the Michtoms eventually founded Ideal to accommodate production. While the Michtoms are credited with inventing the teddy bear, historical documentation shows that the Steiff company of Germany actually produced toy teddy bears before the Michtoms.

Teddy bears were very popular prior to World War II. After the war, however, stuffed animals began to be produced using synthetic materials. Interest in teddy bears declined in the '60s, but vintage teddy bears became popular again in the '80s.

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Excellent 1983 Berenstain Bears Lunch Box with Thermos
Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
Excellent 1983 Berenstain Bears Lunch Box with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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LOT OF 4 VINTAGE CHICAGO BULLS STUFFED TEDDY BEARS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
LOT OF 4 VINTAGE CHICAGO BULLS STUFFED TEDDY BEARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$83 Bids
Lot of (5) Limited Edition 4" miniature Steiff Teddy Bears.
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of (5) Limited Edition 4" miniature Steiff Teddy Bears.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
1974 Yogi Bear Lunchbox with Thermos
Nov 08, 6:00 PM EST
1974 Yogi Bear Lunchbox with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Early 60's Yogi Bear and Friends Lunchbox with Thermos
Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
Early 60's Yogi Bear and Friends Lunchbox with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Mini Holiday TY Babies, Stuffed Animal Stockings,
Oct 24, 9:00 AM MST
Mini Holiday TY Babies, Stuffed Animal Stockings,
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Katze "Fluffy". Steiff.
Oct 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Katze "Fluffy". Steiff.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1201 Bid
Steiff Teddy Bear Gondola
Oct 30, 10:30 AM PDT
Steiff Teddy Bear Gondola
by Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC
Est: $40- $100
$201 Bid
Steiff Teddy Bear Gondola
Oct 30, 10:30 AM PDT
Steiff Teddy Bear Gondola
by Turner Auctions and Appraisals LLC
Est: $40- $100
$201 Bid
1971 Hair Bear Bunch Lunchbox with Thermos
Nov 08, 6:00 PM EST
1971 Hair Bear Bunch Lunchbox with Thermos
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
11" Limited Edition Steiff St. Bernard Dog, replica of 1931.
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
11" Limited Edition Steiff St. Bernard Dog, replica of 1931.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Pair of Steiff Limited Edition 13" 1987 Teddy Bears.
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair of Steiff Limited Edition 13" 1987 Teddy Bears.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
10" Steiff Cat "Minka" with red ribbon, no tag.
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
10" Steiff Cat "Minka" with red ribbon, no tag.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

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Apple Tree Auction Center

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