Winnie the Pooh History
Welcome to The Sewing Croft's Winnie the Pooh page. Did you know that Winnie the Pooh is the patron saint of bears? Find out more interesting facts and history about Winnie the Pooh, A A Milne and Christopher Robin and their fascinating, touching and adventurous journey.
A few Pooh Bear Facts
Pooh was ‘born’ in June 1921, one of hundreds of identical ‘Alpha’ bears produced at the respected Farnell’s factory in West London, and was bought by the author’s wife Daphne from Harrods for their new son, Christopher Robin.
For the first nine years of his life, Pooh was the boy’s constant companion and over the years they were joined by Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo.
In 1925, the Milne family acquired a holiday home in Cotchford Farm, in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.
Here A.A. Milne began to notice the games Christopher Robin played with Pooh and started writing about them.
The Enchanted Place, the Heffalump Trap, the North Pole, Owl’s Tree, Poohsticks Bridge and all the other secrets of 100 Acre Wood were laid bare. The first book appeared in 1926 and the bear of not-so-little brain became a hero to children the world over. But Christopher Robin was growing up and he and Pooh were soon to become permanently estranged. In 1928, Milne’s last children’s book, The House at Pooh Corner, features Christopher Robin preparing for boarding school. An illustration later produced by artist E.H. Shepard showed the boy kicking Pooh away.
In 1947 Pooh departed for the US on a book tour. Then in 1961 Daphne licensed the rights to Disney – and Pooh became an international superstar. Today, he has his own place on Hollywood’s Pavement Of The Stars and lives in a glass case at the New York Public Library where 750,000 people visit him every year.
At first he was called Mr Edward Bear, after the proper form of Teddy. He was renamed after a real bear called Winnie at London Zoo. One story suggests that ‘Pooh’ was added because the original Winnie smelt very bad. Winnie the Pooh is called Pooh, or Pooh Bear, but never, ever, just Winnie.
Winnie the Pooh made his first appearance in a poem, Teddy Bear, published in Punch magazine in February, 1924.
This later became the 38th poem in A.A. Milne’s collection of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. It was an immediate bestseller.
Winnie the Pooh has been translated into at least 46 languages – including Frisian, Mongolian and Esperanto.
In 1960, Alexander Lenard’s Latin translation Winnie ille Pu became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.
An annual World Championship Poohsticks race takes place in Oxfordshire – this year it attracted more than 500 competitors.
Pooh is patron saint of teddy bears.
A A MILNE QUOTES
Our favourite Winnie the Pooh Quotes
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. Even longer,' Pooh answered.”
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
“If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
Sadly, this very British Bear, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga and Eeyore are being kept in a museum in New York, USA.
They haven't seen British soil since 1976.
Collectors love “Winnie-the-Pooh” first editions for both A. A. Milne’s words and E. H. Shepard’s illustrations. These copies are from (left to right) 1926, 1928, and 1927.
The first-ever sketch of children's favourites Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin by famed illustrator E.H. Shepard has come to light for the first time in 90 years.
The ink drawing accompanied Pooh author A.A. Milne's poem 'Vespers' and shows Christopher Robin asleep in bed with a teddy bear lying on his back on the quilt.
It is part of a set of eight original Pooh drawings from private collections around the world tipped to fetch more than £600,000 at auction. The Auction is to take place on July 10, 2013
According to Southeby's Auction House in London the Winnie the Pooh collection that was auction on the 10th July, 2013 made a staggering £474,000!!
Christopher Robin with the real Winnie the Pooh
Alan Alexander Milne
1882 - 1956
A.A.Milne was born in London in 1882. He began writing as a contributor to Punch magazine, and also wrote plays and poetry. In 1926 A.A.Milne published his first stories about Pooh, which were an instant success. Since then, Winnie the Pooh has become a world famous bear.
The characters of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo are based upon the real nursery toys belonging to A.A.Milne's son Christopher Robin, and their adventures are set in Ashdown Forest, where Milne and his family lived. Many of the forest scenes lovingly depicted by E.H.Shepard can still be enjoyed today.
Ernest H Shepard
1879 - 1976
E.H.Shepard became known as the 'Man who drew Pooh', but was also an acclaimed artist in his own right. Like Milne, he worked for Punch magazine as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Shepard's witty and loving illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood have become an inseparable part of the Pooh stories, and his illustrations have become classics in their own right.
It is the inspired combination of E.H.Shepard's illustrations and A.A.Milne's stories that have given the books their lasting appeal.
We recently sold this item to America.
A genuine vintage book page with a classic Winnie the Pooh illustration printed over the top. A beautiful addition to the nursery it has gone to.
The Sewing Croft would like to thank Alan Alexander Milne for the greatest children's stories ever told,
childhood would not be the same without you.
Winnie the Pooh By A A Milne
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