Wednesday 18 January 2017

Original Winnie-the-Pooh toys return to 'home' at NY library after repairs

Published 03/08/2016 | 14:36

Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in New York after their restoration (New York Public Library's Digital Imaging Unit/Pete Riesett and Steven Crossot via AP)
Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in New York after their restoration (New York Public Library's Digital Imaging Unit/Pete Riesett and Steven Crossot via AP)

Winnie-the-Pooh and friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Tigger have returned to their New York City "home" after more than a year of much-needed repairs by a textile conservator.

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The original toys have gone back on display at the New York Public Library, where they have resided since 1987.

An English boy, Christopher Robin Milne, was their original owner.

He received them in the 1920s from his father, author AA Milne, who based the Winnie-the-Pooh children's stories on the stuffed animals.

The year-long conservation included neck alignment, clavicle repair and bottom fluffing, the library said.

"Being ever mindful of their care and condition, and given recent advances in textile conservation techniques, we decided that the time was right to undertake restorative work on these treasures," library curator Michael Inman said in a statement.

"The dolls have been not only cleaned, repaired and stabilised, thereby ensuring their continued survival, but also returned to a state that is in many ways closer to how they appeared when they were in the possession of the Milne family."

Christopher first called the stuffed bear Edward Bear.

He later renamed him, combining two names: Winnie, after a real black bear at London Zoo that had once served as a military mascot in Winnipeg, Canada, and Pooh, after a pet swan.

Pooh will be 95 years old on August 21.

The dolls were donated to the library by Milne's publisher.

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