|News Display: The First Teddy Bear Goes on Sale|
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Description/Abstract: Morris Michtom, a Russian Jewish immigrant, is most widely thought to have placed the first teddy bear, made by his wife, Rose, in the window of their small novelty and candy store in Brooklyn on February 15, 1903. Having been petitioned by Michtom, President Theodore Roosevelt agreed to allow use of his nickname, Teddy. Inspiration for the teddy bear arose from a hunting incident in Mississippi in which it was believed that Roosevelt came upon an injured black bear and ordered it to be killed mercifully. Michtom went on to mass produce the teddy bear with a company, Butler Brothers, and then began his own business, Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.