On this day: Victoria Day in 1934

Fête de la Reine (Victoria Day) is a national holiday for Canada, celebrated on the final Monday before Queen Victoria’s birthday in late May.

This image is of children in Quebec celebrating with maypole dancing on the 24th of May, 1934.

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On this day: the death of Winnipeg the bear

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

On this day: the 1934 Melbourne Cup

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In 1934 Australia’s Melbourne Cup, often listed as one of the world’s most important horse races, was held on Tuesday the 6th of November.

The image below is of people in Sydney listening to a radio broadcast of the race.

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That year, the winning horse was Peter Pan, and the jockey was Darby Munro.

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The Melbourne Cup, first held in 1861, is now run every year at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

Fresh air for city babies…

1934 The baby cage, patented in the United States in 1922, was invented for babies in overcrowded urban areas to get some fresh air.

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The baby cage, patented in the United States in 1922, was invented for babies in overcrowded urban areas to get some fresh air. It was also promoted as a place to store toys for families living in small apartments, and a convenient place for babies’ naps.

A nanny is pictured supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a flat window in Chelsea, London in 1937.

Baby and nanny in Chelsea, London in 1937

Even though they look incredibly dangerous, the East Poplar borough of London made a promise to fix these devices to the sides of buildings.