Teddy bear (Farnell)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Teddy bear (Farnell)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 10
Teddybears' Picnic (display)

A teddy bear made by Farnell in the 1920's, similar to the original bear used as the basis for Winnie the Pooh.

"Winnie the Pooh" began as a real teddybear that was purchased from Harrods by A.A. Milne in 1921 for Christopher Robin's first birthday. His father wrote many poems and stories about the bear. The first "Pooh" book, "When we were Very Young", was published in 1924.

Christopher Robin's original "Winnie the Pooh" was made by the British toy company Farnell, who made bears exclusively for Harrods at this time. However, the bear doesn't correspond to the famous A.A. Milne illustrations, which were instead based on a different teddy bear (made by Steiff).