Postcard, Theodore Roosevelt, 1907


Representations of Theodore Roosevelt with and sometimes as a bear began after he refused to shoot a restrained bear on a 1902 hunting trip to Mississippi. This eventually led to his famous association with the “teddy bear.” However, the use of that term was promoted not just by a stuffed toy but also in a popular series of children’s books by Seymour Eaton. In 1905 Eaton wrote his first volume about Teddy-B and Teddy-G, the Roosevelt Bears. The characters’ appeal was enhanced by the connection to Roosevelt’s presidency and his campaign as a third-party candidate in 1912. The illustrations of the Roosevelt Bears were so well-liked they were issued as postcards marketed to adults. The image by R.K. Culver on this postcard first appeared in the second volume of Eaton’s series, More About Teddy B and Teddy G, the Roosevelt Bears, published in 1907

Associated Person: Roosevelt, Theodore

General Subject Association: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1904.S03Catalog Number: 227739.1904.S03Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: Postcard

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_529373

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