In the meantime, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman read about the President's hunting trip and drew a cartoon featuring the President, his back turned to the lassoed bear with an upraised hand, its palm outward, motioning "Stop". The caption under the artwork read: "Drawing the Line in Mississippi".
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Toymaker Morris Michtom spotted the cartoon in the Washington Post and thought of the idea for a stuffed bear named "Teddy". The Teddy bear was quickly selling like hotcakes: women with small children could be seen toting them around; children were photographed with them; and Theodore Roosevelt even used one as a mascot for his re-election in 1906.
So what started as a hunting trip in Mississippi ended with a toy craze that swept the world. In March 1903, a German company called Steiff started manufacturing stuffed bears. Some claim that Richard Steiff invented the Teddy bear, although, of course, he didn't coin the term. I think of the first Teddy bear and what joy it brought to its owner. Love live the Teddy bear!
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