The teddy bear, that cute 20th century icon and everybody’s favorite childhood soft toy, has an enviable pedigree. Inspired into existence over a hundred years back by no less than a former President of the USA at America, and almost simultaneously in Germany, teddy bears went on to catch the public imagination as no other stuffed toy has done so far. It was cuddly, endearing and comforting. Small wonder than almost everyone, from distinguished statesmen into the kid in the neighbourhood clamoured for one.

Were funny teddy bear names that in 1985, London’s auction house Christies held its first-ever auction of old teddy bears? Teddy bears are, undoubtedly, everybody’s favourite stuffed animal.

Here are a Few of the all-time favorites:

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Winnie the Pooh is arguably among the most famous bears . His arrival has an interesting story…

During a regular halt of a train carrying troops from Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) to eastern Canada through the WWI, at White River, Ontario, a young lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a tiny female black bear cub from the guy who’d only shot its mother.

In December 1919, Colebourn presented the London Zoo with Winnie in which it quickly turned into a massive attraction. The London Zoo became Winnie’s house until she died in 1934.

Christopher Robin, son of writer A.A. Milne, used to love this small, black bear and had nicknamed his own stuffed bear’Winnie’. It had been his son’s fascination for this particular bear that prompted Milne to compose a whole series of novels about Winnie the Pooh. Incidentally, the name of Pooh initially belonged to a swan.

Nowadays, children’s toy stores are dominated by Pooh paraphernalia. You will find Winnie-the-Pooh bears, clothing, bedding, animated cartoons, and even web sites.

2. Paddington Bear

A classic among children’s literature, Paddington Bear was charming children of all ages because it was first created with a British writer, Michael Bond, in 1958.

Bond chanced upon a teddy bear sitting somewhat forlornly on a shelf at a shop near Paddington Station in London in 1956. Something about this solitary creature caught Bond’s imagination and he shortly penned the first book known as’A Bear Called Paddington’. This adorable little bear is actually an immigrant who hailed from Darkest Peru. He hid himself on the lifeboat of a boat and arrived in England, as advised by his Aunt Lucy who had reared him .