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Happy Birthday, Christopher Robin...

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

On 21st August 1920, a boy was born in Chelsea. He was named Christopher Robin, and his father, the author A. A. Milne, would use him as inspiration for the Christopher Robin character in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

Winnie, the bear in the stories, is based on a teddy bear which in turn is named after a bear from the London Zoo named Winnipeg. The bear was owned by a Canadian Lieutenant named Harry Colebourn, who purchased the bear in Canada as a cub, and smuggled the bear over to England one his way to fight in World War I. Lt. Colebourn named the bear after his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The bear became known as Winnie, and Lt. Colebourn left the bear with the London Zoo when he was deployed to France. Upon returning from the war, he donated the bear to the Zoo.

On his many trips to the zoo, Christopher Robin Milne saw the bear, and ended up naming a teddy bear he had Winnie. In addition to Winnie the teddy bear, Christopher Robin had a stuffed kangaroo, donkey and tiger. All these toys became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's stories of the 100 acre wood.

Sadly, A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, as well as Lt. Colebourn and Winnipeg the bear have all left us now, but the stories live on, and the original stuffed toys of Winnie, Kanga, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet can be seen on display at the Donnell Library Centre at 20 West 53rd Street in New York City, just north of Rockefeller Center.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I love Winnie-the-Pooh!!! They were my favorite books when I was little (and still are, really). I was given all four, in 1957, and they are still in wonderful condition. I also found a copy of Milne's The Red House Mystery which he wrote in 1922, at a library book sale for $3.00 (1965 printing). It too is in great shape. Inside the cover it says: Presented to Westminster Place Library by Mrs. Bernice Anderson - Jan., 1972. I found the book in Mendota, Illinois and have no idea where Westminster Place Library is located - it's not in Mendota. Oh, and Milne wrote a nice little mystery though Winnie was nowhere to be found among it's pages.

A few years ago, I was given The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (557 pages) which also contains the original "decorations" by Ernest H. Shepard.

Happy Birthday Christopher Robin and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Happy birthday, honorary TP members!

If I'd have known earlier, I would have asked for honey on my toast this morning.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

In honour of said birthday, a picture of a certain pooh bear, and an American bear who stole his lunch.

...Goddamn Americans.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/16695/large_2007_08_04_Bears.jpg

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Nice drawing Greg! Poor Yogi gets blamed for everything - and where's BooBoo?