1906 - 1907.
First Editions of the first two Roosevelt Bear Books. The tale follows two bears, Teddy B and Teddy G, as they leave their western home and take a train east to see the sights. As their journey continues, the two bears become more and more famous -- newspapers write about them, crowds wait to see them and eager citizens follow their exploits. President Roosevelt and his boys were very pleased with the Easton stories when they first appeared in serial form. After a famous hunting trip in which President "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a defenseless bear, Washington Post cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a cute and lovable bear and the "teddy bear" became an instant icon. The Roosevelt Bears first appeared as a serialized story in newspapers in 1905 and in book form in 1906 and toy manufacturers created the enduring dolls. (Inventory #: childrens literature pres)