Winnie in 1914 X
Winnipeg (or Winnie), a female black bear from Canada and the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh, died in London Zoo on the 12th of May, 1934. She was twenty at the time.
Winnie and Harry Colebourn X
Winnie was purchased as an orphaned cub at a train stop in Ontario in 1914. She was bought for $20 by Harry Colebourn, a twenty-seven year old veterinarian who had volunteered for World War One and was on his way to report for duty. He named her after his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Winnie plays with Canadian soldiers during WW1.
Winnie, who became a military mascot, was kept in London for the years Colebourn served in the war, and he eventually donated her to the zoo.
Winnie-the-Pooh makes a debut on Christmas Eve, 1925. X
The inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh came after creator A. A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin visited the bear at the zoo and changed the name of his toy bear from “Edward Bear” to “Winnie the Pooh”.
New York City has hosted an Easter parade on Fifth Avenue since the 19th century. Taking place on Easter Sunday, for decades it was one of the most significant cultural events of the year.
Here are some images of the parade from the late 19th and early 20th centuries:
The last spike of Canada’s Grand Trunk Pacific Railway is driven in at Fort Fraser on the 7th of April, 1914.
In a photograph dated the 30th of December, 1914, soldiers cook a Christmas roast on a “spit” held up with rifles, a spade, and sticks.
World War One.
“A” Company of Britain’s 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers rests in Mons, Belgium on the 22nd of August, 1914.
The following day they would fight in the Battle of Mons.
Australian troops at the Mena Camp in Egypt in December, 1914. One soldier plays with a kangaroo. It was common for troops to take native animals with them when they went to war, and many of these animals were then left in the care of the Cairo Zoological Gardens.