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Old 06-20-2012, 03:29 PM
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Help me compile a Teddy Roosevelt costume

So I decided that my increasing belly is going to soon make me a very good candidate to make a very compelling Teddy Roosevelt on Halloween. Now, I'd rather not get something prefabricated like this, and would definitely prefer something towards the tweed end of the spectrum. Any good suggestions on where to start?
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:54 PM
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For the suit, check the thrift stores. Then, round glasses, a teddy bear, and a big stick. Whisper when you talk.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:02 PM
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Start working on a good mustache. The one in that picture is just wrong.

Gloves, riding boots and spurs seem to figure strongly into the image.

And who sez he's fat?
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:06 PM
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He's not fat - just barrel chested. I'd like to steer away from the Rough Rider look, and more towards the tweed Presidential look.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:07 PM
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Please simply wear a monocle and a t-shirt that says "BULLY" on it. This will bring great joy to everyone you encounter.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:14 PM
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Please simply wear a monocle and a t-shirt that says "BULLY" on it. This will bring great joy to everyone you encounter.
You could have a friend wear a shirt that says "TRUST", and every once in a while you give him a bust in the mouth, too.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:30 PM
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Remember he didn't like to be called "Teddy." He was "the Colonel," "T.R." or "Mr. President" to all but his closest family, to whom he was known as "Teedie."

No particular costume suggestions, except that he did so much in his life, there are any number of different costume options. Quite a guy - a hero of mine.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Pbt0__fOXC...A/s1600/TR.jpg
http://loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/img/tr.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Hill_1898.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0piIQMV_wH...3A/s400/TR.gif
http://blog.americanheritage1.com/Po...ng-photo-1.jpg
http://theodoreroosevelt.org/gra...0col/HC2x4.jpg
http://instruct.westvalley.edu/kelly...17B_L07/tr.jpg
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:32 PM
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You could have a friend wear a shirt that says "TRUST", and every once in a while you give him a bust in the mouth, too.
Beautiful.

OH, and carry a BIG stick. REALLY big though. Comically big.

Monocle, BULLY t-shirt, friend in a TRUST shirt, and a giant stick.

Prepare to win every single costume contest you encounter.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:33 PM
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I don't think TR even wore monocles, but in my mental image of him he is, so go with that version of him. I don't think he really wore BULLY t-shirts either.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:00 PM
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He didn't wear a monocle, he wore a pince-nez!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pince-nez

Harrrumph! Pusillanimous pussy-footers! Monocles are GERMAN!

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:04 PM
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Monocle? I don't recall ever seeing one; small wire-framed spectacles, yes, but not a monocle.

I like the presidential portrait look: formal dress, long coat, vest with watch chain. And of course the mustache and spectacles.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:15 PM
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He didn't wear a monocle, he wore a pince-nez!
I played (a character who thinks he is) Teddy Roosevelt in Arsenic and Old Lace and got the lensless pince nez from a costumer for a few dollars (like this one). Looks fine from a distance.

The problem with the real ones is that they're measured to the individual, so even clear lenses can be irritating to the eyes.

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Old 06-20-2012, 06:24 PM
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He didn't wear a monocle, he wore a pince-nez!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pince-nez

Harrrumph! Pusillanimous pussy-footers! Monocles are GERMAN!
Yes. My grandfather once played TR and she still has his pince-nez glasses. You can dress him all sorts of ways, military uniform, turn of the century formal wear, hunting attire, turn o fthe century bathing suit, etc. But the glasses and mustache are key.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:33 PM
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Be sure to keep a folded-up speech in your breast pocket to stop assassin's bullets.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:52 PM
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Be sure to keep a folded-up speech in your breast pocket to stop assassin's bullets.
Just think- if he'd given a short speech he'd have probably been killed. Instead it was a ninety minute speech so it was fat when folded over.

The moral of the story: the TLDR attitude can kill.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:34 PM
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The play I mentioned was a no-budget small town little theater so you had to provide your own costume. This was mine from things I had around the house and a sweater vest I bought at a yard sale, but I think it looks relatively period.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:19 PM
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Ensure you talk fast, walk fast and leave everyone breathless in your wake.

Going on the Arsenic and Old Lace bit, if you see a set of stairs you could always run up them yelling "CHARGE!" pretending your taking San Juan Hill.

Elendil's Heir's pic are a good sampling.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:57 PM
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You've got to arrive riding a moose.
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You've got to arrive riding a moose.
The things they could do, even before PhotoShop!

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Yes. My grandfather once played TR and she still has his pince-nez glasses....
There must be an interesting story behind this.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:33 PM
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You've got to arrive riding a moose.
"The military's first attempt at amphibious landing craft was not well-received."
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:53 PM
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There must be an interesting story behind this.
Let's try this again.

My grandfather once played TR, and my mother still has his glasses. That's the whole story, so actually the first version was more interesting.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:14 AM
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Say "Deee-lighted" when meeting anyone and pump their hands vigorously. In fact, do everything, even sitting still in a chair, vigorously.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:28 AM
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If there's a basement in the house, try to lure people down the stairs.

With a shovel.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:29 AM
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If, at the costume party, you get into a foot race with someone dressed like Lincoln, someone dressed like Jefferson, and someone dressed like Washington, you will not win.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:38 AM
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Do you have kids? You could dress them up as young Teddy. He wasn't a big fan of pants back then, obviously.

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Old 06-21-2012, 11:08 AM
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Do you have kids? You could dress them up as young Teddy. He wasn't a big fan of pants back then, obviously.
Except I'd add a mustache and pince nez.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:11 AM
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If, at the costume party, you get into a foot race with someone dressed like Lincoln, someone dressed like Jefferson, and someone dressed like Washington, you will not win.
Poor Teddy - he tries so hard!

"And coming up to first base, Teddy's actually in the lead! Go Teddy! Wait - no, Teddy! Don't stop and take pictures with people in the stands!! Oh, Teddy..."

I've been to just one Nationals game, but that was easily the highlight for me.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:17 AM
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Also, he's kind of a trickster. At one race he jumped on a moped but then crashed before the finish line. It's all so cheesy and weird and it only works because Teddy was such a large than life, but oddly human at the same time, figure.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:23 PM
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Do you have kids? You could dress them up as young Teddy. He wasn't a big fan of pants back then, obviously.
That thread shows pictures of a young FDR, the Roosevelt president who was not Teddy.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:37 PM
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I'm sure they sell Brian Fellows costumes.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:39 PM
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That thread shows pictures of a young FDR, the Roosevelt president who was not Teddy.
Oh, you and your pesky facts




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Old 06-21-2012, 01:52 PM
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And you could really have fun with the "big stick" accessory- anything from a shillelagh to a banyan stave.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:00 PM
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I'm thinking one of those fake clubs that comes with your standard caveman costume.

Great suggestions, everyone!

So regarding tweed jacket/vest/pants/etc. - what's my best bet for finding something good?
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:25 PM
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Say "Deee-lighted" when meeting anyone and pump their hands vigorously. In fact, do everything, even sitting still in a chair, vigorously.
Oh, definitely. Even his speeches were at the gallop:

http://nytstore.com/assets/image...AP411_EXTR.jpg
http://thewashingtonnote.com/twn_up_fls/TR%2001.jpg
http://umvod.files.wordpress.com/201...g-muckrake.jpg
http://washingtonpost.com/rf/ima...kdelection.jpg
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/uhlzdjPGxrs/0.jpg

As to the big stick:

http://thefrontblog.files.wordpress....ck-cartoon.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u0tMf_rUqJ...%2Bcartoon.jpg

Anyone interested in T.R. really should read the Edmund Morris trilogy of bios, which cover him from birth to death: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex and Colonel Roosevelt. Very, very good stuff, and they really capture his energy, high spirits, love of life, diverse interests, patriotism and keen political sense. Highly recommended.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:36 PM
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Here is TR making a speech in 1916:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HYn5F...eature=related
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:22 AM
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For all you TR fans: http://atlantacutlery.com/p-2698...obblehead.aspx
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:56 PM
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... Anyone interested in T.R. really should read the Edmund Morris trilogy of bios, which cover him from birth to death: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex and Colonel Roosevelt ....
"But wait! There's more!"

It's really a quartet -- Morris' wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, wrote a biography (also highly acclaimed) of T.R.'s second wife, Edith Kermit Roosevelt.

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