Teddy Bear Friday. Meet Horace

I heard on our morning news here in South Africa, that today  is ‘Teddy Bear Friday’. We’re supposed to hug a Teddy today, and if we know someone who isn’t lucky enough to have one, we should buy them one, as no-one should be without their own lovable Teddy Bear. I have quite a few, but thought you might like to meet Horace who is about twenty-five years old. He lives a life of luxury, just lounging around all day, but is very cheap to feed and never answers back. He’s definitely a keeper.

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Did you know that Teddy Bears have been around since the early 20th century? They were named after US President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as ‘Teddy’, a name which he was not at all fond of. The name came about after an unfortunate incident on a hunting trip in Mississippi, which involved the killing of an America Black Bear. This cartoon was published in the Washington Post in 1902.

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If you want to read more about the story, you can find it here: http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/site/c.elKSIdOWIiJ8H/b.8684621/k.6632/Real_Teddy_Bear_Story.htm

Please don’t forget to hug your Teddy on his special day!

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57 comments on “Teddy Bear Friday. Meet Horace

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  2. Ha – I knew about the history of the name & where it came from.

    Teddy bears are adorable little stuffs. Not sure I’d wanna’ cuddle up with a real bear though. 😉

  3. cute and sweet… I’ve always loved Teddybears, even though I mentioned @ my “about” that I’m not livin’ in a “teddybear land”… 🙂

  4. sai che ne ho uno simile? decisamente un tipo sfaccendato che dorme sopra cuscini di seta…he he, tutti uguali! deliziosa storia che non conoscevo, grazie!
    you know that I have one like that? definitely a type idle sleeping on silk cushions … he he, all the same! delightful story I didn’t know, thanks!

  5. so sweet AD, I have a few favourite teddies but they are all at home … and isn’t it strange that such a powerful scary big animal became a children’s toy?

  6. Dear Sylvia,
    I knew the story about the original Teddy Bear , but had never heard of Teddy Bear Day! What a lovely tradition. I have my Dad’s old teddy. He was born in 1913, so it has been around for about a hundred years. It is filled with sawdust, and has been loved to pieces, repaired again and again, a homely old thing, but I have a soft spot in my heart for it.

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