During a 1902 bear hunting trip, Roosevelt’s attendants cornered and tied an American black bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase. Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming it unsportsmanlike; the incident became the topic of a cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. Although the original cartoon depicted an adult bear lassoed by a handler and a disgusted Roosevelt, later versions made the bear smaller and cuter.
As well as remaining among the most popular gifts for children, teddy bears are also prized by adults, and are given to signify love, congratulations, and sympathy. The highly collectible treasures of Americana—as well as a selection of other stuffed toys, including Raggedy Ann and Andy—are well represented in the collection of teddy bears offered by Whitley’s Auctioneers, and available during our August 24, 2019 Auction.