|Died||July 21, 1938(aged 67–68)|
Morris Michtom (1870 – July 21, 1938), with his wife Rose, invented the Teddy Bear. They founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, which after Michtom's death became the largest doll-making company in the United States.
Michtom, was a Russian Jewish immigrant who arrived in New York in 1887. He sold candy in his shop at 404 Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn by day and made stuffed animals with his wife Rose at night.
The Teddy Bear was inspired by a cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman depicting Teddy Roosevelt having compassion for a bear at the end of an unsuccessful hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902. Michtom saw the drawing and created a tiny plush bear cub which he sent to Roosevelt. After receiving permission to use Roosevelt's name, Michtom put a plush bear in the shop window with a sign "Teddy's bear." After the creation of the bear in 1902, the sale of the bears was so brisk that in 1907 Michtom created the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.
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