Cute and cuddly, or a “horrible monstrosity” that’ll destroy humanity? In 1907, many people feared the worst—that this new toy would ruin young girls’ developing maternal instincts, and lead us to a terrible fate. This is the story of how the teddy bear changed us all… and how we then changed the bear.
• Teddy Bear Craze in New York: Astonishing Growth of the Latest Fashionable Silly Fad, San Francisco Call, 1906
• President Roosevelt Says Nothing In Defense of Teddy Bear, News-Palladium, 1907
• The Feminist History of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Smithsonian.com
• Teddy Bears book ending, 1907
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