Pooh York

On my flight over to New York I watched the wonderful film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’.

It tells the story of how A.A. Milne, inspired by his son playing with his soft toys in Ashdown Forest in Sussex, wrote the classic Winnie the Pooh books.

A footnote at the end of the film’s credits stated that all but Roo of Christopher’s toys were now on display at New York Public Library.

In actual fact they have only just returned to display after going through a year long extensive clean and repair. After all, they are nearly 100 years old. You can read about the painstaking work by clicking on CLEAN POOH.

I was delighted to pay a visit to see the delightful creatures for myself.

The rest of the library is marvellous too, especially the huge Rose Reading Room on the top floor.

17 comments

  1. Oh my goodness! We LOVED Pooh at our house! I’ve never seen the originals – how uber charming and special to see. Curious why they are in NYC though? And I walked by that library in October, but none of my troop wanted to head in with me! I snapped those famous lions though! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    1. It was a fluke that I knew. I think an American bought the rights to Pooh and that included the toys. Surprised Disney don’t have them!

      1. Exactly what I was thinking!

  2. How wonderful to see the inspiration behind the much-loved characters! Must watch that film…and would love to see this exhibition too. Thanks for linking #citytripping

  3. Another reason to go back to New York – what a wonderful library and Pooh collection. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  4. That’s so interesting! I love Winnie the Pooh, although I haven’t been to the New York Library since I was a teenager. Clearly I need to go back. #citytripping

  5. how cool!

  6. I was excited to discover the original Pooh stuffed animals when I visited the library. I thought the children’s room was a delightful place, and the rest of the library is an awe-inspiring space for any book lover. Glad you were able to see it during your visit in NYC.

    1. Last day today. Radio City tour later.

      1. Enjoy your last day! At least the snow should hold off until late.

  7. How cool! Will have to look for the movie. And yes, the NYC library is well worth seeing.

  8. A serendipitous choice of film!

    1. Yes, I had no idea they were in NY until I saw the film! Today is Martin Luther King day again totally unbeknown to me and I had already booked to go up Statue of Liberty. Pretty apt!

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