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Traveling Bears in Outdoor Sports, Eaton
The "Traveling Bears in Outdoor Sports" was written by Canadian born Seymour Eaton, illustrated by V. Floyd Campbell and published by Barse & Hopkins, New York, in 1915. Inspired by political cartoonist, Clifford Berryman's satiric drawing of President Teddy Roosevelt's refusal to shoot an injured bear cub while hunting, Eaton created the first syndicated serial comic strip, "The Roosevelt Bears", starring Teddy B. and Teddy G. From 1905-1908, he wrote several children's books in comic verse about the bears that acted and dressed like humans. The fanciful stories in this book include "The Traveling Bears Play Baseball; The Traveling Bears Visit the Zoo; The Traveling Bears go Fishing; The Traveling Bears in Pittsburgh; and The traveling Bears Visit Washington". Illustrated throughout, this 60 page 8" x 13" hardcover book has color frontis plate and front cover pastedown, with rest of the illustrations in black and white. Clean inside with lightly tanned pages, the book's front hinge has been reinforced. Back hinge is good, but the covers are bumped on the corner and top and bottom of spine. The edges are worn as well. Former owner's name is written in pencil on inside front free end paper. There is what looks like a small water mark at back lower right corner that does not go all the way through (shown in photo). Book has no dust jacket, but comes wrapped in a clear Mylar wrapper for added protection. This book was popular with children and adults alike and is in very good condition for its age. It was the beginning of the Teddy Bear craze! Mr. Eaton didn't live long to enjoy his popularity, dying of heart disease in 1916 at age 58. Thank you for looking.
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