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Alternatives You Should Check Out – Teddy Bear Graphics

Freepik lets hobbyists and creatives from all specializations and from companies both big and small find and use professional, high-quality graphic resources for their projects. You don't have to pay to find and use great-looking graphics (but you can if you'd like to support them and remove the attribution requirement). Make sure to check them out, and you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Pixabay – Teddy Bear Illustrations

Want thousands of great-looking and high-quality images at your disposal, free of charge, with no strings attached? That's what Pixabay is all about. With just a simple search, you can gain access to a huge amount of graphic resources. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

All Free Download – Free Teddy Bear Vector Graphics

All Free Download provides free graphic resources and lets anyone who would like to contribute upload their own designs to the website. Patrons are also given the option to donate to and sponsor artists, if they'd like to show their appreciation. You can also find All Free Download on Facebook.

Merrythought Handmade Teddy Bears

Established in 1930 and the last remaining British teddy bear manufacturer of its kind in the world, the Ironbridge-based Merrythought creates a wide range of lovingly hand-crafted teddy bears. You can find almost any and all kinds of teddy bears at accessible prices. Check out Merrythought, and find them on Facebook and Twitter!

Teddy Bear Artists And Friends

Teddy Bear Artists And Friends (TBAAF) is dedicated to bringing together people who like creating, showcasing, and selling teddy bears. Find everything you need to know to make your very own bear, and sell them to anyone in the world. Who knows – your creations might just win you a TBAAF award! You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Teddy Bear News

A Point of View: The grown-ups with teddy bears

Why do people – both young and old alike – like Teddy Bears? Read the BBC Magazine's feature where historian David Cannadine considers this question and explores the answers.

Teddy bears' day in the sun

Read about the charity event where children and their families can not only have fun, but also raise money for a good cause.

Mom Whose Child Died Creates Custom-Made Stuffed Bears for Other Grieving Parents: 'It's a Band-Aid on Our Hearts''s Diane Herbst writes about how one mother turned a personal tragedy into an opportunity to comfort and help other mothers cope with loss.

Busting a seam! Bizarre online trend sees people rip open giant TEDDY BEARS, climb inside them and dance

Valerie Siebert writes about the odd new trend that's gaining traction online and taking social media by storm.

Teddy bears provide comfort during traumatic times

Read about how one charity drive is helping victims of domestic abuse and their children cope and heal.

Teddy Bears – Taking Over The World Since 1902

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This is the story of the fateful hunting incident that propelled the lovable, unassuming teddy bear to international fame.

Teddy bears are one of the world's most popular toys. They were invented independently by Morris Michtom in the United States and Richard Steiff in Germany, a fact that neither of the two were aware of, since transatlantic communication was meager at best when the bears were invented in the early 1900’s. Teddy bears weren't always named “Teddy”, nor were they remotely as famous as they are right now; that fame can be attributed to a hunting incident that former US President Theodore Roosevelt himself figured in.

Globally considered as one the most influential presidents in the nation’s history – being one of the four presidents featured in the Mount Rushmore monument – Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt became the youngest president in the United States' history. Having earned his seat after the passing of William McKinley, Roosevelt (aged 42) entered office representing the Republican Party. His lifelong contributions to his country and to the world in general ultimately won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Roosevelt was not only a politician; he was also an author, an explorer, a soldier, a naturalist, and he also had a bit of a cowboy persona going about him.

But what does any of this have to do with teddy bears?

It was his outgoing, rambunctious, and daring attitude that made him the daredevil that Roosevelt was known to be, often going on hunting expeditions. Speaking of which, in 1902, the president was invited by Mississippi state governor Andrew Longino to a hunting expedition. There were several hunters competing for who could catch the bigger game, and by the end of the day most of them had already caught something. At some point during the trip, a crew of Roosevelt’s attendants, led by Holt Collier, managed to chase down and capture an American Black Bear, which they tied to a nearby willow. Roosevelt was called over to deliver the coup de grace, but he firmly refused, claiming that the kill would be unsportsmanlike.

The word of this act spread like wildfire, and Clifford Berryman, a cartoonist for The Washington Post, created a cartoon featuring Roosevelt looking towards the reader with a look of disgust upon his face, and behind him, a cute bear being pulled by a rope. Morris Michtom, a candy seller by day and a toymaker by night, caught a glimpse of this cartoon strip and promptly put together a stuffed figure in the form of a bear, and dubbed his creation Teddy’s Bear. He then sent one of these bears to President Roosevelt, and after he gave the thumbs up, Michtom put in display in his candy store.

The rest, as they say, is history.

If we could use today’s lingo to describe the reach that these lovable bears had, we could say they went completely viral, spawning a vast chain of memes, theater plays, music and lyrics dedicated to the furry creatures. Nowadays, the bears are fairly common and are a staple gift for children, or as something to give to a significant other, as a means of signifying one's affection, congratulations, or as consolation. Michtom’s original works are considered collectibles, and can go for hundreds of dollars per unit in public auctions.

Michtom and Steiff’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of toy makers who devote their lives to making teddy bears for everyone to enjoy. Original or mass-produced, it makes very little difference – teddy bears are just about the best toy you could give to your child.

About the Author: Juan López is a freelance writer living in Venezuela, and offers all sorts of writing services to any interested parties. You may contact him at his personal email, or on Facebook.

Guides, References, & Resources

Worldwide Directory of Teddy Bear Artists

Social Studies for Kids – The History of the Teddy Bear

Learn More About Teddy Bears on Wikipedia's Entry on the Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear Identification and Valuation Tips

Other Interesting Links

Steiff Teddy Bears

Vermont Teddy Bear Company – American-made, Personalized Teddy Bears

Handmade Teddy Bears on – Handmade Teddy Bears by Artists

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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