Help us bring smiles and a little comfort to hospitalized children

February 5th, 2013 by admin


in Mississippi. As reported in the Washington Post, the presidential hunting party. trailed and lassoed a lean, black bear, then tied it to a tree. The president was summoned, but when he arrived on the scene he refused to shoot the tied and exhausted bear, considering it to be unsportsmanlike.

The following day, November 16, Clifford Barryman, Washington Post editorial cartoonist, immortalized the incident as part of a front-page cartoon montage. Barryman pictured Roosevelt, his gun before him with the butt resting on the ground and his back to the animal, gesturing his refusal to take the trophy shot. Written across the lower part of the cartoon were the words “Drawing the Line in Mississippi,” which coupled the hunting incident to a political dispute.

The cartoon drew immediate attention. In Brooklyn, NY, shopkeeper Morris Michtom displayed 2 toy bears in the window of his Stionary and novilty store. The bears had been made by his wife, Rose from plush stuffed excelsior and finished with black shoe button eyes. Michtom recognized the immediate popularity of the new toy, requested and received permission from Roosevelt himself to call them “Teddy’s Bears.”

The little stuffed bears were a success. As demand for them increased, Michtom mooved his business to a loft, under the name of the Ideal Novelty and Toy Corporation.

FUN FACT: At the same time as it was born in The United States, the Teddy Bear was also born in Germany. 

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, ICNJ takes social responsibility very seriously.  That is why, in air of Valentine’s Day love, we are donating 1 teddy bear for every 3 likes our Facebook page, or follows our Twitter page, receive.

These Teddy Bears, which we are ordering from The Theodore Roosevelt Association, will be given to a sick child residing in Hackensack Hospital this Valentine’s Day!