Photos from the real Winnie the Pooh’s 100th anniversary

Winnie the Pooh turns 100! Follow the link, read the article, and skim through some historical photos that will be a part of a new exhibit commemorating the furry friend in Toronto. Enjoy!

Winnie the Pooh’s story actually began in Canada.

Harry Colebourne was a Canadian soldier a veterinarian in 1914 when he bought a small bear cub in White River, Ont. He named her Winnie, after his home town of Winnipeg. He paid $20 for her, which is about $450 in today’s money.

Winnie went to war with Harry and never saw Canadian soil again. She was a mascot for the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade and was donated to the London Zoo when the war was over.

That’s where British writer A.A. Milne found her. Winnie became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh, first published in 1925, after his son Christopher Robin named his stuffed bear Winnie.

Since then, the four pooh books (When We Were Very Young, Winnie-the-Pooh, Now We Are Six and The House at Pooh Corner) have become literary classics and been translated into 46 languages. With their wild…

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