The teddy bear, that adorable 20th century superstar and everybody’s favourite childhood soft toy, has an enviable pedigree. Launched into existence over a hundred decades ago by no less than a former President of the USA at America, and almost simultaneously in Germany, teddy bears proceeded to capture the public imagination as no other stuffed toy has ever done so far. It was cuddly, endearing and comforting. Little wonder than nearly everyone, from distinguished statesmen to the kid in the neighbourhood clamoured for one.

Teddy bears are, without doubt, everyone’s favourite stuffed animal.

Here are a Few of the all-time favorites:

1. Winnie the Pooh / Pooh Bear

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

During a regular halt of a train transporting soldiers from Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) to eastern Canada through the WWI, at White River, Ontario, a young lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a small female black bear cub from the guy who had only shot its mommy.

In December 1919, Colebourn introduced the London Zoo with Winnie where it immediately turned into a massive attraction. The London Zoo became Winnie’s house till she died in 1934.

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

Nowadays, children’s toy shops are dominated by Pooh paraphernalia. There are Winnie-the-Pooh bears, clothes, bedding, animated cartoons, and even web sites.

2. Paddington Bear

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

Bond depended upon a teddy bear sitting slightly forlornly onto a shelf at a store near Paddington Station in London in 1956. Something about this solitary creature caught Bond’s creativity and he shortly penned the first book known as’A Bear Called Paddington’. This adorable little bear is really an immigrant who hailed from Darkest Peru. He hid himself on the lifeboat of a boat and arrived in England, according to his Aunt Lucy who had reared him so far.

popular teddy bears endeared himself to its youthful (and not-so-young) subscribers along with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle jacket and enjoy of marmalade sandwiches. Though he had a knack for getting into trouble, he also had an almost-human feeling of right and wrong and penalizing wild experiences.

It was Shirley Clarkson who gave young Paddington his signature Wellington boots to assist the bear stand upright.