The First Teddy Bear – February 15, 1903

The Teddy Bear made its first appearance in a shop window in Brooklyn New York on February 15, 1903, but the story of our cuddly friend begins in 1902.

1902 was a rough year for President Theodore Roosevelt.  He had been struggling to make peace between the coal mining companies and the striking workers.  It was a hard work.  Roosevelt decided that he needed a vacation and accepted an invitation to go bear hunting in …

A.A. Milne Born January 18, 1882

(PCM) A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander) was born on January 18, 1882 in London.  He attended Cambridge University to study mathematics but soon found that his true passion was writing. After graduating from Cambridge, Milne began his writing career working for Punch Magazine.  He married Daphne” de Sélincourt in 1903.  He was writing for Punch when World War One broke out in 1914.  Milne enlisted even though by nature he was a pacifist. 

After the war …

The How Of Pooh

Winnie the Pooh will turn 100 years old in 2025.  It was on Christmas Eve 1925 that he made his first appearance in The London Evening News in a short story titled The Wrong Sort of Bees.  In 1926 a collection of short stories was published simply titled Winnie The Pooh and the legends began.

AA Milne the author of the Pooh stories nor his young son were quite ready for the fame and notoriety …

Today We Learned Winnie The Pooh Is Actually A Girl (Maybe)

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(PCM) Yet another one of those great childhood mysteries has been solved with the revelation that the lovable, pantless, honey addict cartoon character Winnie The Pooh is a girl. We can’t say that we’ve truly spent a great deal of time debating Winnie The Pooh’s sexuality, however for some reason we were always under the assumption that she was actually a he, or perhaps even asexual for that matter. This takes us right back to …

The Why Of Pooh

At the turn of the 20th Century something strange took place in the world of literature.  A new page was turned, and a new genre born.  The world of Children’s literature came to light.  There had always been stories for children.  Mother Goose was fist published in 1780.  The Brothers Grimm let their Fairy Tales loose on the world in 1812.  The legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur though not essentially works for …