Welcome to Teddy Bear Tidbit Tuesday, wherein I share with you a tidbit from teddy bear lore. Many of you may be wondering about teddy’s origins. Haven’t we always had teddy bears with us?
In 1902, the first teddy bears were created in both Germany and the United States. According to tradition, the teddy bear got its start in America when the political cartoon below was published, telling the story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a tied bear cub.
Drawing the Line in Mississippi by Clifford Berryman
And in Germany, Richard Steiff, nephew of the founder of the toy firm Steiff, is credited with creating the first teddy bear. He studied bears in the zoo and based his creation on their characteristics. See the picture below of an early Steiff bear.
Early Steiff teddy bear, circa 1904
Because this article tells the story much more eloquently than I can, and because this is tidbit Tuesday, I will point you to the Teddy Bear and Friends magazine archive:
In the more than 100 years since the first teddy bears were created, they have become our companions, our confidants, our comforts. Have you hugged your teddy today?
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So I’m not tiptoeing through the tulips, but on this warm sunny day in Colorado that seems so springlike, my thoughts are turning back toward teddies once more. It has been FAR too long that I have been away from the fur and fluff, and I am finding I miss it sorely. I am racking my brain trying to figure out where I will find the time to actually sit down and make a bear, but I am itching to get started. My pen has been flying with sketches and ideas, and yes, I’ve felt the mohair.
I would love to also come out of hibernation officially (couldn’t resist using hibernation, seeing as how spring is near) and be able to offer my Crew members for adoption–I so enjoy seeing them find that special someone.
And where have I been for so long? My husband and I adopted two 14-year-old girls from Ukraine last year. (Now that I write that, it sounds so easy! It was anything but easy, but the Lord was with us all the way.) You can see our story here: http://hoffmannclan.blogspot.com. Our eldest, “Elaine” on this blog, just turned 15. Where does the time go? (I have always wanted to say that as a mom.)
Now that things are more settled and routine (routine?), I am feeling a need to get back to being who I am. That sounds rather silly, but it’s true. I love art and creating, and it’s high time to begin again. Plus, my mom keeps complaining that she doesn’t have one of my bears, and she still lives in the house on New Avenue where I grew up and from which I took my business name!
Speaking of spring, I happened upon the blog of Ginger Braeme, a bear artist I’ve admired over the years, and she is doing a special spring giveaway for a bear she created named Blossom (pictured at left). Blossom is darling. Hop on over and take a peek!
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