November 2010

Winnie the Pooh

I love Winnie the Pooh. I remembered as a small girl my parents would take me to the local shopping mall to this huge stuffed animal toy shop filled with fluffy, soft, and beautiful stuff animals from many different colors, shapes, and sizes. In the huge display glass window was Winnie the Pooh. He had exactly the same look and appearance from all the Winnie the Pooh classic movies. He even had this cute, adorable red shirt on as well. Behind the display glass window, Winnie the Pooh had a very golden honey look to him and seemed so happy. Many years passed by and I still remember the sweet Winnie the Pooh behind that special display glass window. I have always wanted my parents to get me that special Pooh bear. I remembered looking at the price tag and it was just so expensive. At that time, my parents were going through some tough financial times and I didn’t want to burden them with purchasing me an expensive toy.

Did you also know there is actually history behind the story of Winnie the Pooh? During World War I, a lieutenant named Harry Colebourn bought a small black female cub for $20 from a hunter. The lieutenant named the female bear cub, “Winnipeg.” He named the cub this after his hometown Winnipeg. The cub was then called “Winnie,” for short amongst the lieutenant’s brigade. Winnie went everywhere with the lieutenant and his brigade to Britain. The brigade soon had to be posted to various battlefields all over Europe during the war. Lieutenant Harry Colebourn had no choice but to leave Winnie at the London Zoo for a long loan. Winnie was presented at the London Zoo in December 1919, whom became a popular attraction amongst visitors to the zoo until his death in 1934.