A Real Pooh Timeline
August 21, Christopher Robin Milne born.
August 21, 20"-high teddy bear (Winnie-the-Pooh), from
Harrods in London, given to Christopher Robin Milne on
his first birthday.
When We Were Very Young published.
Pooh first appeared in the London Evening News on
Christmas Eve 1925 in a story called "The Wrong Sort of
Winnie-the-Pooh published.
Now We Are Six published.
The House at Pooh Corner published.
Former Dutton Publishing President Elliott Macrae visits
A.A. Milne at his house in Sussex, and sees the original toy
animals that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. The real Pooh and
friends tour the United States.
The real Pooh and friends put on display at E.P. Dutton &
Co. Publishers in New York City.
The real Pooh and friends make a temporary visit back to
England for an exhibition of the drawings of Ernest H.
Shepard, on the occasion of the illustrator's 90th birthday.
Winnie-the-Pooh, new edition with color illustrations by
Ernest H. Shepard, published.
The real Pooh and friends make their last trip to England to
participate in the 50th birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh
arranged by Methuen & Company Publishers.
September 11, Presentation of the real Pooh and friends to
The New York Public Library, where they are put on
display for the public.
The real Pooh and friends receive professional
conservation treatment that includes vacuuming and
assorted repairs.
Pooh and his friends become the center of international
attention when a British Member of Parliament decides they
should be returned to England.
The United States and England agree that Pooh and his pals
are happy and healthy on American soil, and it is
unanimously decided that they will remain at The New
York Public Library.
In 1947 the Toys began a triumphant tour
of the United States, with Pooh fans
eagerly lining up to see them (some
traveling hundreds of miles and through
bad weather to do so). They traveled for
many years, visiting libraries and
department stores and finally ending up at
Dutton's offices in New York. Milne
enjoyed the fans' comments (written in a
guest book that traveled on the tour) and
decided that Dutton should keep the Toys.
Comments from Pooh Bear Connoisseur
Quizmaster Beth Long
Winnie the Pooh
Contest #479 Results
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Answers to Quiz #479- June 8, 2015
1.  Which toy in missing?
2. What day were they put on display at their current location?
3.  For what occasion did they last return "home"?
Thanks to Quizmaster Liz Pidgeon for submitting the idea for this quiz.
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You can find this photo on,
but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.

Comments from Quizmaster Megan Neilsen
Pooh Afficiando
I was raised on the poems and stories of A.A. Milne, so I had no
need to search to find the subject of this quiz. I knew vaguely that the
toys were in the USA but hadn't remembered exactly where.  This
was easily found by googling <winnie the pooh museum> and other
details followed by searching <winnie the pooh new york public
library 1987>.

At I found the following:
These toys made a tour of the United States in 1947. Milne provided a
'birth certificate' to travel with the toys. Dutton Publishing, Milne's
American publisher, insured the toys for $50,000, a vast amount of
money in those days. They toured the U.S. for about ten years and
ended up in the offices of Dutton. Dutton was able to convince Milne
to let the toys remain in America, where they remained here until
1969. At this time, they made a short trip to England (flying as VIPs
in a Concorde) for a Shepard exhibition at the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London.

That site also gives the following account of Roo's disappearance:
Sadly Roo is one of the original toys that has not been preserved. His
disappearance was described by A.A. Milne in the birth certificate;
"Roo is believed to be somewhere in Sussex, but no details are
available. A subsequent dog who became part of the establishment,
took him for a walk once and left him in a hollow tree, from which
he was extracted a year later. But the spirit of adventure was now
strong upon him and soon afterwards he was off again, whether or
not with the co-operation of the dog this time is not known".

There is an informative obituary for Alan Alexander Milne at and one for
Christopher Robin Milne at An
unexpected find in what I read there was that both father and son
read mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge (!). Shades of Charles
Dodgson/Lewis Carroll, but of course he was at Christ Church

Megan Neilsen
Comments from Our Readers
Loved the latest quiz. We visited the gang in New York years ago.

And I recognized them from the thumbnail!

I'm inspired to write a story about Roo getting lost in the apple orchard, except that
everybody and their dog wants to write a children's book. Heh heh.

I grew up with Winnie the Pooh. He's Nalle Puh in Finnish.

I heard about Winnie visiting Prince George during the press around his birth. It
was in the crawl at the bottom of the screen. I must've watched hours and hours
and hours of the coverage and then squeaked when I heard this little tidbit. Now
I'm unable to find mention of it on the Internet. Ah, I the burden of proof. If it's not
on the Internet, does that mean it didn't happen? Hehheh.

I suppose I could contact the NY Public Library.
Tynan Peterson
Fearless Leader, have you seen these tidbits about A.A. Milne on this page? Very
We need to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day next year - Monday, January 18, 2026 -
the anniversary of the birthday of A.A. Milne.

Another link to Winnie the Pooh info! So interesting!!!!!!!!!!!! Mary found this link.

My absolute favorite book!!!!!!! So many memories wrapped up in these
characters!!!!! Special memories of all the books written by A.A. Milne!             
Thanks so much, Fear
Grace (no Disney Pooh stories for me) Hertz and Mary Turner
Yes I know what you mean about the quizzes being addictive!

I only came across Winnie the Pooh when I used to read the stories to my nephew
when he was a child – he’s now nearly 52yrs!  Seems Megan remembered them
from her childhood but my childhood was somewhat intellectually deprived partly
due to living in a London suburb straight after the war I guess.  No I hadn’t come
across it in Latin – how bizarre.
Maggie Gould
Winnie the Pooh and friends were not part of my childhood either.  And I do not
remember anyone reading to me.  We were deprived children.  Well, except the part
that my mother worked in the toy department of the Bon Marche in Seattle .  She
got things at a discount and I had the best toy collection in the neighborhood.  For
reading in childhood, I was on my own.  My first real, non-little-kid books were
biographies of Henry VIII and Joan of Arc.  To this day they still seem like really
odd choices.

Winnie ille Pu in Latin and the Tao of Pooh have not made their way to my
doorstep, but that’s okay.
Carol Gene Farrant
I know it has been awhile. Being a Pooh lover this caught my eye. My oldest son,
Sean, was born around the time that Disney started with Pooh. And Sears had all
the Disney stuff. I had everything for him, I even called him "Seany Pooh" for a
nick name. Then later I was a frequent visitor to the Disney store when they came
about and I had all kinds of Pooh stuff for myself. I did buy the original Winnie the
Pooh adventures book for Sean's first child.
Pat Kuhn
Winnie the Pooh was not as big in Mexico as it is now. I do remember having
Disney books, and some of my friends were into it way more than I was. It
became huge with the first long movie in the late 90s and has remained so since

Funny, it is now with my kids that I've been watching videos and reading stories
about the 100 acre wood. Maybe it is because I grew up in the video club era in
which you rented a tape and watched it once before returning it, instead of buying it
and watching it 100 times, or finding it in Youtube, like my kids are doing.
Ida Sanchez Tello
I didn't hear of Pooh until high school.  (kiddie lit was not in my house!)  but i love
the stories now - especially since they are written with some enjoyment for adults
provided.  (like the play Peter Pan - some of the non-verbals are entertainingly
unexpected).  Pooh in latin. how fun!
Debbie Johnson
I was raised on the poems and stories of A.A. Milne, so I had no need to search to
find the subject of this quiz. I knew vaguely that the toys were in the USA but
hadn't remembered exactly where.  This was easily found by googling <winnie the
pooh museum> and other details followed by searching <winnie the pooh new york
public library 1987>.
Megan Neilsen
I did have some reading of the Pooh books when I was in elementary school.  My
grandmother was taking a children's literature course during her summer vacation.  
She taught school for 51 years -- yes 51 years  I am busy writing her story as it
needs to be told,  She had to get a B.S. and went summers in the 50s and she was
in her 60s.  Previously, she had earned a 2 year degree and had a life certificate.  
Anyway, that summer she brought all the books home for me to read.  I think she
used my reactions for her work.  I was a kid who absorbed books.  I remember the
Pooh books fondly.  Then, I read them many times to my children.  I even made
them a proper stuffed bear and we had several of the other characters.  There is a
lot of humor in those books that goes right over the head of little children.  But, that
is what makes them good for adults to read to children.
Judy K. Pfaff
Now we are Six was given to me by a dear aunt when I reached that great age so
long ago.

I spent some happy hours in the NY Library when I was visiting my son back in
1992.  He drove me down to Perth Amboy to a museum I wanted to visit and I
have a super photo of him leaning on the wall at Ellis Island with the Twin Towers
in the background, we actually dined there that night .
Beryl Bauld

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I knew this was Steiff right away and Pooh because I have a little
Steiff Pooh Bear!

Pls know I am not some crazy collector; I don't collect bears/toys.  
My aunt however collects everything, so this is how I know this.

To clarify - if you are looking for a Steiff Winnie the Pooh bear, all of
their Winnie's look like the"new" Pooh (with the vest, fat face/body
that look like the Pooh in the books) so you will not find one labeled
Winnie that looks like the "old" Pooh.  (not that I know of).

For bears that actually look like the Pooh in the picture, you need to
look at the Steiff 1900's replica bears.  These are still Steiff bears,
they are just not a Steiff specifically labeled as Winnie.  The 1909
Steiff replica looks almost exactly like the original Pooh bear toy that
is shown in the photo - this is model 406058, issued in 1995.  If you
want to replicate the photo, this is what you need (in my opinion).  
The arms on this replica are "thick" like the original Pooh and has
longer arms like in the photo so when the bear is seated, the arms
touch the legs like in the photo, also the muzzle is light like the
photo/pads on feet and sticks out, embroidered nose.  I do NOT have
this one - too expensive for me, about $500 if you look around, esp.
on toy or bear sellers; I don't know why people are paying so much
more unless they are desperate to have one.  I also think it depends
on the face - you can't open the box so you can't touch the face.  
Narrow ones look like they are squished and don't look as good as the
"fat" ones as in the picture, some fat ones are out these.  I am sure
after many years that the repro.  will eventually "sink" down and
appear a bit saggy.

I have a 1902 replica 0150/32 from 1983 - this was for the 80 year
annv. of the first teddy in 1903.  Just a plain but very very cute bear,
looks like the old Pooh but does not have a light muzzle.  Old Pooh
does not have stitching on the feet/toes and neither does this bear.

Beth Long
1.  Roo, the kangaroo.  It was lost in an apple orchard in the early 1930s.
2. September 11, 1987 when they were put on permanent display
at the New York Public Library.
3.  The toys returned to the UK in 1976 to celebrate Pooh's 50th birthday
held by Methuen & Co. the original publisher
of A A Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories.
British Author and Playwright. He is best
remembered for his "Winnie the Pooh" series
of books. Born Alan Alexander Milne in
Scotland, he was the third of three sons born
to John Vine and Sarah Maria Milne, both
schoolteachers. Shortly after his birth, his
parents moved to London, and after initial
schooling at Henley House School, he won a
scholarship to Westminster School in 1893.

In 1900, he progressed to Trinity College in
Cambridge where he became the editor of
"Granta" an undergrad magazine. His work in
"Granta" led to an offer to work for the
British humor magazine "Punch," and
A. A. Milne
January 18, 1882 - January 31 1956
following graduation in 1904, he became Assistant Editor of "Punch" magazine after
just two years, one of the youngest editors on the magazine staff. He wrote a number
of plays, and as each was mildly successful, he was able to write freely without
editorial supervision or public demand, although that would change after the Pooh

On June 24, 1913, he married Daphne de Selincourt; they would have only one child,
Christopher Robin Milne, born in 1920. When World War I broke out in 1914, he was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Warwickshire Regiment, and served in
France until he developed trench fever and was sent back to England for the remainder
of the war.

During the 1920s, his writing continued to meet with success, and in 1925, he wrote,
"When we were very Young," a book for the child in all of us. His intended audience
was not just children, but also adults. He used his son, Christopher Robin, and several
of his son's stuffed animals, those stuffed animals of a friend of his son, and his
imagination to create the adventures of a young boy, Christopher Robin, and his bear,
Winnie the Pooh.

In the next four years, Milne would write four Pooh books, and each turned into
runaway best sellers. Despite his refusal in 1929 to write another Pooh book, over the
next 60 years, the four Pooh books would be translated into virtually every language in
the world, and sell over 70 million copies. Milne also wrote over 25 plays, most of them
successful, but it is his "Toad of Toad Hall" (1929), an adaptation of author Kenneth
Grahame's novel, "The Wind in the Willows," that is most often remembered.

Due to his war experiences, he would support appeasement during the 1930s, and in
1934, he wrote a denunciation of war, "Peace With Honour." With the rise of Hitler and
Nazism, he changed his mind about war, and in 1940, wrote "War With Honour" a
rationalization that war is sometimes necessary.

In 1952, Milne underwent an operation on his brain, which left him an invalid, and he
spent the remainder of his life at his home at Cotchford Farm, in Sussex, where he
mostly became an avid reader. He died four years later after a lingering illness.
Following his death, his wife, Daphne, sold the rights to the Pooh character to the Walt
Disney Corporation. To preserve family privacy, she also destroyed all of her husband's
Christopher Robin
August 21, 1920 - April 20, 1996
Top:  Christopher Robin as a child;
Bottom:  As an adult.
British Author in his own right, he was better known
for being the son of famous author A. A. Milne, who
wrote the celebrated "Winnie the Pooh" stories.

Born the only child of Alan Alexander "A. A." Milne and
Daphne "Dorothy" de Selincourt Milne, he was raised
mostly by his nanny. It was his father's writings,
beginning in 1925 with his first book, "When We were
Young," and using his name in the stories about a six
year old boy and his make-believe world of animals,
that so endeared him to the world. Although he had a
real teddy bear as a child, and several toy animals, the
world of Winnie the Pooh is a clever combination of his
son's toys, the toys of a family friend, and make-

As Christopher Milne grew up, he would
endure the teasing from his classmates
and unwanted attention from strangers
about being the subject of so famous a
series of children's books. As a result of
this attention given his son, his father
decided that the book "The House at Pooh
Corner" (1929) would be the last Pooh
book. Despite that decision, Christopher
Robin Milne had to live with the fame that
the popular books gave him.

He was just finishing his first year at
Trinity College in Cambridge when World
War II broke out in September 1939. He
left school to join the Local Defense
Volunteers (Home Guard), and in February 1941, enlisted in the Royal Engineers,
assigned to the 56th Division in London. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in
July 1942 in the 56th Division. In November 1942, the division was sent to Kirkuk,
Iraq, and four months later, sent to Tunisia, where Christopher caught malaria.

As an Engineer officer, he built Bailey Bridges and dismantled minefields. Later, he was
sent to Italy, and in October 1944, he was severely wounded near Sant Archangelo,
Italy, when shrapnel hit him in the head. After a couple of months in the hospital, he
rejoined his unit in Italy, and was released from the Army at the end of the war. His
war experiences later made him opposed to war.

Returning to Trinity College, he completed his studies and was awarded a degree in
English. On July 24, 1948, he married his first cousin, Lesley de Selincourt, whose
father, Aubrey de Selincourt, was his maternal uncle; it was a match his parents did not
approve of. They would have one child, a daughter Clara, who was born with cerebral

They moved to Stoke Fleming and opened a bookshop, called "The Harbour Bookshop"
in Dartmouth. In 1974, he published his first book, "The Enchanted Places," soon to be
followed by "The Path Through the Trees" (1979), "The Hollow on the Hill" (1982),
and "The Open Garden" (1988). When deforestation threatened Asdown Forest (the real
forest that was "hundred acre wood" in Pooh's world), he came out in support of
keeping it untouched.

Christopher Robin Milne died in his sleep of myasthenia gravis, a neurological disease,
at Torbay Hospital near his home in Stoke Fleming, England. His body was cremated,
following a service at the Quaker Meeting house in Totnes.
The REAL Winnie-the-Pooh won't be
found on a video, in a movie, on a T-shirt,
or a lunchbox. Since 1987, the REAL
Pooh and four of his best friends—
Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger—have
been living at The New York Public

Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and
his pals into movie stars, Christopher
Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in
England received a small stuffed bear on  
his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh).
Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and
played with throughout his childhood.

One day, Christopher's father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard,
decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would
make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have
had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet's encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore's
loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult
readers for more than 70 years.

Anyone can visit the real Winnie-the-Pooh and his pals. Every year thousands of
children and their parents come to see them in their grand new quarters in the Stephen
A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Pooh and his friends are as
happy as when they lived in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Fun Facts About the Real Winnie-the-Pooh and His Friends
The curious name of Winnie-the-Pooh came from Christopher
Robin, from a combination of the names of a real bear and a pet
swan. During the 1920s there was a black bear named Winnie in
the London Zoo who had been the mascot for the Winnipeg
regiment of the Canadian army. Pooh was the name of a swan in
When We Were Very Young.  The picture shows Christopher
Robin Milne in 1981, while visiting the London Zoo, home of the
real "Winnie" bear of his childhood.
Pooh was purchased at Harrods department store in London and given by A. A. Milne
to his son Christopher Robin on his first birthday, August 21, 1921. He was called
Edward (proper form of Teddy) Bear at the time.
The rest of the toys were received as gifts by Christopher Robin
between 1920 and 1928.  Photo left: Piglet
Not only Christopher Robin played with the toys; so, apparently, did the family dog,
which may have contributed to their well-worn appearance.
The baby kangaroo stuffed animal (named Roo) was lost in an apple
orchard during the 1930s. Photo left: Kanga.
Winnie-the-Pooh had adventures with Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo,
Owl, Rabbit, and Tigger in the Hundred Aker, or Acre, Wood
(based on the Ashdown Forest in southern England, located near
the Milne family home).  Photo left:  Tigger.
Owl and Rabbit were brought to life to join Pooh and pals Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo,
and Tigger, by Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard.
The stuffed animals range in height from 25" (Eeyore, the biggest)
to 4 1/2" (Piglet, the smallest).
Pooh and Friends Tour the US
Eventually, they took up residence in the Central Children's Room of the Donnell
Library Center at the New York Public Library -- in a glass case, of course.

Milne apparently insisted that the Toys should never be cleaned, but rather should look
as if a child had just finished playing with them. "No explanation is needed for the
world-weariness of Pooh and Eeyore," he wrote. "Time's hand has been upon them
since 1921. That was a long time ago".

Owl and Rabbit, of course, were never toys -- nor were they really specific animals in
the Forest (though owls and rabbits were and remain abundant in the area). They were
the imaginary creations of A.A. Milne.

Upon arrival in New York, the Toys were immediately insured for $50,000, then a
considerable sum. With them came a "Birth Certificate", signed in Milne's own
handwriting. The text (with Milne's signature) was reproduced in a much abbreviated
form on the back of The World of Pooh (Dutton, 1957).

Milne's account in the Certificate of what happened to Piglet differs significantly from
Christopher's own account. Milne's account implies that the little Piglet was the one
bitten in the face by the family dog.  
Christopher's account in The Enchanted
Places  maintains that the earlier, larger
Piglet was bitten (explaining why it was
replaced with the smaller version).
Conversely, in the original Certificate
Milne adds details to the story of Roo's
disappearance, details mentioned by
neither Christopher nor Ann Thwaite.
According to Milne, the family dog hid
Roo in the trunk of a hollow tree, from
which Roo was extracted a year later.
But not long after, Roo vanished once
more, never to be seen again...
Birth Certificate (Artist's Rendition)