Remembering the Real Winnie the Pooh

I don’t remember Winnie the Pooh with a chain around his neck!
Interesting bit of history, though.

Canadian Art Junkie

RYERSON EXHIBITIONIf you’re in Toronto before Dec. 7, don’t miss this.

An exhibit at the Ryerson Image Centre tells the story of Canadian soldier and veterinarian Harry Colebourn (1887–1947), who, at the onset of World War I, purchased a pet bear he named Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg. When his regiment shipped out, Harry took Winnie with him, depositing the bear in the London Zoo when he was called to the front. It is then that A.A. Milne and his son encountered the bear and the world-famous Winnie the Pooh books were born. Winnie turned 100 this year.

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