Christopher Robin Slams Pooh

by Howard Coster, sepia-matt print, 1926

by Howard Coster, sepia-matt print, 1926

On this date in 1920, A.A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin was born. Milne modeled the human hero of his Winnie-the-Pooh books on his son. Obviously, this wasn’t an entirely comfortable fact for Christopher Robin; as an adult, he claimed, “The fictional Christopher Robin . . . and his real-life namesake were not always on the best of terms . . . it seemed to me, almost, that my father had got to where he was by climbing upon my infant shoulders.”

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