The Sad Real-Life Story of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh

The Sad Real-Life Story of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh

Jul 17, 2012

It's probably been a while since you read a Winnie-the-Pooh story or watched an animated film featuring the humble bear, but website Retronaut is kicking it old school as usual with a series of vintage photos centering on author A. A. Milne's famous character. The below images of Milne's son Christopher Robin — the inspiration for Milne's character of the same name who was Pooh's best pal — were taken between 1926 and 1928. Mini Milne and his stuffed bear — named Edward, a gift he received on his first birthday — sometimes come across semi-creepy, but in that charming, vintage-photo way.

There is a dark side to the young Milne's life, however. Later in life, he grew to resent dear old dad for thrusting him into the public eye and essentially exploiting his childhood — or so he felt. He published a series of his own books describing the difficulties of growing up Pooh. He also became an atheist, which is kind of ironic considering the religious associations people often make with Pooh. (This may be something the author really did explore in his work, but I'm not familiar enough with the books to know for certain.) Fans who cherished Milne's childhood book series were disappointed by his reactions, but new generations have found much to love about the classic character. Head to Retronaut's website for more images, including photos of Christopher Robin and his father.


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