In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Misissippi. He didn't manage to shoot anything so on the last day, members of the hunting party captured a bear and tied it to a tree for the president to shoot. Fortunately President Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear as it was "unsportsmanlike"

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman created the now famous cartoon of President Roosevelt refusing to shoot the bear.

Morris and Rose Michtom made a toy bear and displayed it in their shop window in Brooklyn New York. They called it "Teddy's Bear" after the President Theodore.

Around the same time in Germany, Richard Steiff, the nephew of Margarete Steiff designed a bear for the Steiff range of soft toys.

So there you have it, a brief history of the worlds favourite soft toy!

Teddy bears are often our first, and best, friends. Always there to listen and always ready for a cuddle. 

Studies have shown that cuddling your teddy is good for you and can help relieve stress, but we all knew that anyway didn't we. It just goes to show we are never too old for a teddy.

An old advert for Teddy Bears