Morris Minchtom

Click to make larger or to see more pictures
Born in year: 
Still alive?: 
United States

Morris Michtom  one of the people who claimed credit for inventing the "Teddy Bear" was a Russian Jewish immigrant.  Mitchtom, who arrived in New York in 1887 was selling candy in his shop at 404 Tompkins Avenuein Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn by day, and making stuffed animals with his wife Rose at night.

Teddy's Bear came about in response to a cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman depicting Teddy Roosevelt having compassion for a bear at the end of an unsuccessful hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902. After the creation of the bear in 1903, the sale of the bears was brisk that Michtom created the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. The company went through many iterations before disappeariing.

This page is part of a community-edited doll Collector's Guide. It is not guaranteed to be complete or 100% accurate but you can help make it so. Dollation is not associated with any doll manufacturer. The product images shown on this page are copyright by the company indicated unless otherwise specified. Images are for reference by collectors to help identify dolls and doll items. Read the full explanation of copyright ownership.