A toy bear model was produced in 1902 by two separate companies, one in Germany and the other in the United States.
On November 18, 1902, a line artwork was published in the Washington Evening Star newspaper, although both companies claimed that production had passed before them. In this picture drawn by Clifford Berryman, US President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was seen with a bear cub in his hand.
Roosevelt, who came to the region to analyze a border dispute between the Mississippi state and Louisiana , he did not shoot a bear cub in the face of a hunting party, took it in his arms and loved it.
The number of people who admired the President’s love of this animal was very high when it was published on the same picture in other newspapers. One of them was a Russian immigrant named Morris Mitchom strong>. Mitchom was trying to make a living in Brooklyn’s little shop by selling toys he and his wife had produced with complete hands.
He put a teddy bear in a way that he could move the limbs and legs, put it in the window of his shop with the cut-sheet from the newspaper, and he wrote “Teddy’s Bounty”. However, Mitchom, who came to the US from an authoritarian country, was not comfortable.
He gathered all his courage, wrote a letter to the White House, and asked “Mr. President” what he thinks about his use of the name. In response to the President’s own handwriting, Mitchom’s permission was given with the following words: “I do not think that my name will earn much more than a toy month. But you are also free to use it as you wish. “This letter could be found if it could, and Morris Mitchom’s major initiative in this regard would be largely out of daylight.
In 1903, all of the “Teddy bears” produced by Mitchom, the Butler Bros firm (a wholesale toy sales organization), the letter needed to be among the documents of his eldest son, Joseph Mitchom, “He bought.
Between that year and 1938, the company became the world’s largest toy maker under the name “Ideal Toy Co.”. The Germans give the honor of making the Teddy bears to the Steiff company, founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff in Giengen. Ms. Steiff started her professional career that year by making fillets. By 1902, toy steers, dogs, pigs, donkeys, horses, and develers were being produced at the Steiffs’ workshop. But, there’s no bear making yet. That same year, the novice, who learned Ms. Steiff’s art, Richard, during her student years at Stuttgart’s Zoo, was inspired by the many bears she watched and made a teddy bear model that could move her head, arms and legs. He did not like it that much. It is also the case that comes from the Leipzig Fair opened the following year. But on the last day of the fair, the representative of an American company (whose name has never been disclosed) visited Steiff’s exhibit, loved the game she saw and ordered 3,000 pieces.
There is no objection from the Americans until this episode of emulation. However, when the Germans claim that they gave the teddy bears the name “Teddy”, the debate begins.
All of these bears are Steiff products. When asked what they were, he said, “It just came out. They say ‘Teddy’ s name for his name ‘. Steiff’s proud story tells us that some objections are rising from America. For example, Alice Roosevelt’s older brother, Archibald Roosevelt, confirms the teddy bears at the wedding, but emphasizes that they are absolutely certain that they are not German. The Roosevelt League also stated that the Roosevelts could not have had a German month at that time. “