The teddy bear, that adorable 20th century icon and everyone’s favourite childhood soft toy, has an enviable pedigree. Inspired into existence more than a hundred decades ago by no less than a former President of the United States in America, and almost simultaneously in Germany, teddy bears proceeded to capture the public imagination as no other stuffed toy has done up to now. It was cuddly, endearing and comforting. Little wonder than nearly everyone, from distinguished statesmen to the kid in the area clamoured for one.
Were most famous teddy bears that in 1985, London’s auction house Christies held its first-ever auction of old teddy bears? Teddy bears are, undoubtedly, everyone’s favorite stuffed animal.
Here are a Few of the all-time favourites:
Winnie the Pooh is arguably among the most famous bears ever. He’s a fictional character created by A.A Milne, a highly regarded author and playwright. His arrival has an intriguing story…
During a regular halt of a train transporting soldiers out of Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) to eastern Canada through the WWI, in White River, Ontario, a young lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a small female black bear cub from the man who’d only shot its mother.
In December 1919, Colebourn presented the London Zoo with Winnie where it quickly turned into a huge attraction. The London Zoo became Winnie’s house till she died in 1934.
Christopher Robin, son of author A.A. Milne, used to appreciate this small, black bear and had even nicknamed his very own stuffed bear’Winnie’. It was his son’s fascination for this particular bear that prompted Milne to write a complete set of books about Winnie the Pooh. Incidentally, the title of Pooh initially belonged into a swan.
Today, children’s toy shops are dominated by Pooh paraphernalia. There are Winnie-the-Pooh bears, clothes, bedding, animated cartoons, and even web sites.
2. Paddington Bear
A classic among children’s literature, Paddington Bear has been charming children of all ages because it was first created with a British writer, Michael Bond, in 1958.
Bond depended upon a teddy bear sitting somewhat forlornly onto a shelf at a shop near Paddington Station in London in 1956. Something about this solitary creature caught Bond’s creativity and he shortly penned the first book known as’A Bear Called Paddington’. This cute little bear is really an immigrant who hailed from Darkest Peru. He hid himself on the lifeboat of a ship and arrived in England, according to his Aunt Lucy who had reared him so far.
This tiny bear instantly endeared himself to its youthful (and not-so-young) subscribers along with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and love of marmalade sandwiches. Although he had a knack for getting into trouble, he had an almost-human feeling of right and no way and penalizing wild adventures.
The first Paddington Bear soft toy was created in 1972 by Gabrielle Designs, a small business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. It was Shirley Clarkson who gave young Paddington his trademark Wellington boots to help the bear stand upright.