Original Pooh bear and Christopher Robin, 1928
In 1921, long before Walt Disney turned Pooh into an international star of TV and films, Christopher Robin Milne was given a teddy bear on his first birthday from his father, A.A. Milne, who purchased a stuffed animal from Harrods department store.
The stuffed animal was named Edward Bear, the proper name for Teddy. Years later, Edward would be renamed Winnie.
From the time Christopher Robin Milne was a baby until he was about 8 years old, he would receive stuffed animals that would later serve as the inspiration for Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Kanga.
As he watched his son interact with Winnie and friends, A.A. Milne thought his child’s interaction with the collection of animals would make a great bedtime story.