Original Winnie the Pooh teddy bear
Original Winne the Pooh teddy bear is a teddy bear owned by the son of author A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin. The bear is the inspiration behind Milne’s creation of the children’s favourite, Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin received the bear from his father, A.A. Milne, as a gift for his first birthday and named him Edward Bear. The bear was from Harrods department store in London.
The teddy bear was later renamed to Winnie the Pooh. As well as Pooh, Christopher Robin also owned other stuffed animals which inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories. He owned the original Tigger, Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Roo.
Christopher Robin decided on the name Winnie the Pooh as it was a combination of the names of a real bear and a pet swan. During the 1920s there was a black bear named “Winnie” in the London Zoo who had been the mascot for the Winnipeg regiment of the Canadian army. Pooh was the name of a swan in When We Were Very Young.
The 100 Acre wood where Winnie the Pooh lives in A.A. Milne’s original stories is based on the Ashdown Forest in southern England, which was near the Milne family home.
Where are they now?
The original Piglet stuffed animal was lost many years ago. However the rest of the toys, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo have been on display in the New York Public Library since 1987.
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