Is There Really a Photograph of Teddy Roosevelt Riding a Moose?

Is There Really a Photograph of Teddy Roosevelt Riding a Moose?

Is There Really a Photograph of Teddy Roosevelt Riding a Moose?

A doctored photograph that appears to show Theodore Roosevelt riding a moose was published in the New York Tribune on Sept. 8, 1912. The photograph was put together by a photography firm called Underwood and likely combined a photo of Roosevelt riding a horse with a separate moose photo.

The photo was produced for the 1912 presidential election campaign during which Roosevelt ran as the nominee of the Bull Moose party. It ran alongside photographs of the Republican candidate riding an elephant and the Democratic candidate riding a donkey. The photograph was debunked in 2013 by a library curator at Harvard University.