Teddy Bears and the Phonograph


This gallery features Teddy Bears used in the promotion of the phonograph. The history of the 'Teddy Bear" (named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt) begins with Roosevelt's encounter with a black bear that he refused to shoot while on a 1902 hunting expedition. Roosevelt's use of the phrase "De-lighted" also became part of phonograph advertising.

The following are a few examples of connections between the Phonograph and Teddy Bears.


Cosmopolitan, 1908


Postcard, circa 1906






Will You Be My Teddy Bear?

The Edison Phonograph Monthly, August 1907


Performed by Ada Jones and Billy Murray (1907)

Edison Gold Moulded Record No: 9659 - Courtesy UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive






The Teddy Bears' Picnic.

The Edison Phonograph Monthly, January 1908


Performed by Edison Symphony Orchestra (1908)

Edison Gold Moulded Record No. 9777


Advertisement for sheet music of "The Teddy Bears Picnic" as published in the Star Tribune newspaper in April 1908



The Teddy Bears Picnic, Sheet Music 1907





Little girl with her bear listening to a record, The Talking Machine World, May 15, 1908




Bing Crosby, The Teddy Bear's Picnic, Decca Records, 1950