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“Teddy’s” kinder mug, and beer stein.

I just do not have the time.

My web site was really started as an informational site for beginning beer stein collectors that would be looking for the info and not the general public.

My So if one put in “Wood Steins” or “Hand painted steins,”  it

The “Teddy Roosevelt”  German kinder mug. 1/8 th liter, pottery relief. Circa 1909.


Teddy Roosevelt on his African trip, 1909.

Origin of “the Teddy Bear” ; Source: The U.S. Navy:

In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act. Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt’s rescue of the bear

When a store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked president Roosevelt for permission to use the name “Teddy’s Bear” for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free.

Who made the first toy bear called teddy bear?  Well there are several stories,  this  is the most popular one:  Morris Michtom made the first official toy bear called the teddy bear. Michtom owned a small novelty and candy store in Brooklyn, New York. His wife Rose was making toy bears for sale in their store. Michtom sent Roosevelt a bear and asked permission to use the teddy bear name. Roosevelt said yes. Michtom and a company called Butler Brothers, began to mass-produce the teddy bear. Within a year Michtom started his own company called the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. However, the truth is that no one is sure who made the first “Teddy Bear”

An “artistic license“ scene of an African monkey drinking from a beer mug. In German beer stein folklore, the monkey is associated with having an addiction = “a monkey on your back!” (Originally I had typed “hangover”,  that is incorrect; “hangover” is represented by a Cat!)

The “Teddy Bear” that Roosevelt pardoned. Shown eating out of a honey jar (as it is such a bad representation of a bear) so one will know it’s a baby bear .

A Teddy-bear-that sold-for 110,000 BPS,  in December 1994!  @  Sotheby’s.  Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as “Teddy Bears”, but few people know that they were named after President Theodore ”Teddy” Roosevelt.

In March 1909, shortly after the end of his second term, Roosevelt left New York for a safari in Africa. The trip was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society and received worldwide media attention.

His party, which included scientists from the Smithsonian, killed or trapped over 11,397 animals, from insects and moles to hippopotamuses and elephants. 512 of the animals were big game animals, of which 262 were consumed by the expedition. This included six white rhinos. Tons of salted animals and their skins were shipped to Washington; the number of animals was so large, it took years to mount them.

The Smithsonian was able to share many duplicate animals with other museums. Of the large number of animals taken, Roosevelt said, “I can be condemned only if the existence of the National Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and all similar zoological institutions are to be condemned.”[35]

Although based in the name of science, there was a large social element to the safari. Interactment withmany native peoples, local leaders, renowned professional hunters, and land owning families made the safari much more than a hunting excursion. Roosevelt wrote a detailed account of this adventure; “African Game Trails” describes the excitement of the chase, the people he met, and flora and fauna he collected in the name of science.

A one liter colored pottery relief stein with the Roosevelt hunting scene (an expanded version of the kinder mug shown above) = sold for over $800.00 in Feb. of  2008. Being a “cross-over stein”, it most likely sold to a political (Presidential) collector and not a stein collector.

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