In the 1940s, an impresario named Stanley Beebe routinely walked his star, Rosie the 250-lb. bear, through the streets of New York City.
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Pictured: Rosie the bear rehearses with comedian Lew Lehr — famous at the time for his catchphrase, “Monkeys is the cwaziest people” — in New York, 1946.
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