June 2018 ยท 2 minute read

The teddy bear, that cute 20th century superstar and everyone’s favourite childhood soft toy, has an enviable pedigree. Launched into cute teddy bear names than a hundred years ago by no less than a former President of the United States at America, and almost simultaneously in Germany, teddy bears proceeded to capture the public imagination as no other stuffed toy has done thus far. It had been cuddly, endearing and comforting. Little wonder than nearly everyone, from distinguished statesmen to the kid in the neighbourhood clamoured for one.

Did you know that in 1985, London’s auction house Christies held its first-ever auction of old teddy bears? Teddy bears are, without doubt, everyone’s favorite stuffed animal.

Here are a Few of the all-time favorites:

1. Winnie the Pooh / Pooh Bear

Winnie the Pooh is possibly one of the most well-known bears ever. He is a fictional character created by A.A Milne, a highly regarded author and playwright. His birth has an interesting story…

During a regular halt of a train carrying soldiers out of Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) to eastern Canada through the WWI, in White River, Ontario, a young lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a tiny female black bear cub in the man who had just shot its mother.

In December 1919, Colebourn presented the London Zoo with Winnie where it quickly turned into a massive attraction. The London Zoo became Winnie’s home till she died in 1934.

Christopher Robin, son of writer A.A. Milne, used to appreciate this small, black bear and’d nicknamed his own stuffed bear’Winnie’. It had been his son’s fascination for this bear that prompted Milne to compose a complete series of novels about Winnie the Pooh. Incidentally, the name of Pooh originally belonged into a swan.

Today, children’s toy stores are dominated by Pooh paraphernalia. You will find Winnie-the-Pooh bears, clothing, 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 since it was first created with a British author, Michael Bond, in 1958.

Bond chanced upon a teddy bear sitting slightly forlornly onto a shelf at a shop near Paddington Station in London in 1956. Something about this solitary monster caught Bond’s creativity and he shortly penned the first book called’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, as advised by his Aunt Lucy who had reared him so far.