Roosevelt (Limited Edition: 10.000)
Is there anyone alive who isn’t
familiar with Teddy-Bears, the cuddly plush-bears from the STEIFF-Factory
in Germany that have been sold by the millions?!? Their namesake, at
least according to the Steiff company’s own account, was the American
president Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. Developed in 1902 by Richard
Steiff, this little plush animal was an incredible success racking up
sales of 974.000 pieces in the year 1907, a record incidentally, that
has never been broken.
The man after whom these bears were
christened — Theodore Roosevelt (1858 — 1919) — was President of
the United States from 1901 — 1909 and had already become famous and
somewhat of a folk hero as the leader of the famous voluntary regiment
known as the Rough Riders in the war against Spain (1898) for
control of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
Theodore Roosevelt was also the man
primarily responsible for seeing the construction of the Panama Canal
through to its completion, thereby creating the second most important
canal route in the world.
His political successes, his mark of
distinction as leader of the Rough Riders, his prominent pince-nez
glasses on his nose and of course, the Teddy-Bear, make the 26th
President of the United States a truly unforgettable character.