The Original Teddy Bear

The Original Teddy Bear (HM27FB)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70118 Orleans Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 55.172', W 90° 7.821'

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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.
HM NumberHM27FB
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Date Added Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 777052 N 3313331
Decimal Degrees29.91953333, -90.13035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 55.172', W 90° 7.821'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 55' 10.32" N, 90° 7' 49.26" W
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Area Code(s)504, 985
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 241-269 East Dr, New Orleans LA 70118, US
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