The Original Teddy Bear
According to a famous story, a Louisiana Black Bear was the inspiration for the first “teddy bear.” In 1902, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was hunting in Louisiana and Mississippi. The hunt went on for days without success, and by the last day, Roosevelt had still not bagged a bear. His hosts, anxious to send the President home with a trophy, captured a Louisiana Black Bear for him to shoot. Outraged by the lack of sportsmanship, the president refused to fire on the animal.
Shortly thereafter, an editorial cartoon by Clifford Berryman depicted the incident and portrayed the bear as a cuddly cub. An inspired Brooklyn store owner, who observed the public fascination with the incident, asked and received permission from the White House to sell his stuffed toy bears as “Teddy Bears," named after the President. The plush, lovable bears were a hit, and a staple of American culture was born.
Location. 29° 55.172′ N, 90° 7.821′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Magazine Street. Touch for map. Located inside the Audubon Zoo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA 70118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
More about this marker. Located inside the Audubon Zoo, in the Louisiana Swamp display.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2018. 3. submitted on May 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.