I have often wondered why a teddy bear is called Teddy, and not Anton or something else, and now I know.
Also how these cuddly creatures happened to be made.
For the story of the teddy bear we have to step back in time.
In 19-century Germany and the town of Giengen lived a girl Margarete Steiff.
When she was born, she was a frail girl, who suffered throughout her childhood from polio
But she wasn’t the sort of girl to be beaten, and in time she grew up to be a success full seamstress, making dresses and employing other seamstresses in her own sewing department.
One day, when Margarete was looking for a present for her nephew she found a pattern for a toy elephant, which she made out
of soft felt.
The other children in the neighborhood marvelled at the toy she had made, and they all wanted a one.
Margarete started making toy elephants and they sold like hot cakes, and before long she was making other toy animals as well.
In time Margarete’s nephew, Richard, came to work for her.
Richard had been studying art in Stuttgart, where he visited the Zoo and sketched the bears.
This inspired him to design the very first teddy bear.
But the story doesn’t end here.
How did these cuddly bears become teddy bears?
This part of the story starts in USA in 1902.
The president of USA was Theodore Roosevelt, and he was called Teddy.
He went hunting bears one day, and as they couldn’t find any bears, somebody tied a bear cup to a tree and said: “shoot this one”.
Theodore Roosevelt said: “no, I cannot do that, that’s not sportsman like, it is impossible
for me to do that.”
This incident was reported in Washington Post as a political cartoon, showing the president “drawing the line in Mississippi” and a little scared bear
A local toy shop decided to produce a little toy bear and call it Teddy, so that is where the name