Antedating of "Teddy Bear"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Oct 8 10:44:24 UTC 2012

Unconfirmed [GB], but potentially of interest [and maybe pre-TR?]:

Creature-life in Australian Wilds p. 83
Cyril Grant Lane - 1900 - Snippet view
CHAPTER VIII THE KOALA: THE “BEAR” OF THE BUSH ALTHOUGH, in the ordinary course of events all fashions, crazes, ... a question, of late years, whether any country could produce a more perfect living “Teddy Bear” than can Australia!

The wonders of nature vol. 1 p. 168
Joseph Sinel - 1900 - Snippet view
A species that appeals to us on account of its mild appearance and gentle ways is the Koala or, as it is called by colonists, the " Australian Tree Bear." It is a pretty animal ... and in general shape is a living representative of a toy "Teddy-Bear."

Stephen Goranson

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Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Teddy Bear"

Teddy bear (OED 1906)

1903 _Atlanta Constitution_ 29 Aug. E2  ATLANTA YOUNGSTERS SNAPSHOTTED. ... Mary Naylor Gives Teddy Bear an Airing.

Fred Shapiro

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