Americans would say that they produced the first toy bear in about 1902. After President Roosevelt refused to shoot a real one, toy bears became known as "Teddy's" bears in his honour. The Ideal Toy and Novelty Company began in 1902/3 and the Columbia Teddy Bear Manufacturers introduced the "Laughing Roosevelt" in 1907. Other well known early makes included Knickerbocker (1920), Bruin, Aetna and Gund.

American bears are identified by:-

•  Long firm bodies.
•  Short straight limbs.
•  Long sloping muzzles often shaved.
•  Boot button eyes set close together.
•  Horizontally stitched noses.
•  Ears folded into the head seam or set low on the head. 

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