As I write this, I sit close to the original site where the dolls of Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and the rest were displayed. A.A. Milne (who wrote the series for his son) donated the puppets to the publisher E.P. Dutton, who in turn donated them to the New York Public Library about 40 years later in 1988. They were first on display at the Donnell Library Center, then the largest circulating library in the NYPL system, across the street from MoMA on 53rd between 5th and 6th. Despite multiple requests from the British Parliament to return the dolls to the UK, they remained under bulletproof glass in the Donnell Building – until 2008, when they were moved 11 blocks south to the children’s room of the Library’s main branch.
Four more facts on Winnie-the-Pooh after the jump!
– Less in the way of trivia and more of common knowledge – A.A. Milne’s son’s name? Christopher Robin Milne.
– The 1958 Latin translation of Winnie-the-Pooh, Winnie ille pu, is to this day the only Latin book to make the New York Times Bestseller List.
– The Hundred-Acre-Wood is really the Five Hundred Acre Wood, with Pooh’s forest based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex.
– Along with being the original voice of Tigger in the Disney adaptations of the series, Paul Winchill is credited as having first patented an artificial heart.