Many will have seen the very sad news this morning that Michael Bond, creator of our beloved Paddington Bear, sadly passed away yesterday at his home aged 91.
The following statement was released
Michael was a BBC cameraman and part time writer when one Christmas Eve he bought a small soft toy bear that was sitting all alone on a shelf in a department store. He gave it to his wife as a Christmas present and a little while later, when wondering what to write about, he noticed the bear and began to write a story about what being a bear in a human world would be like. He called the bear Paddington after the station near where he was living at the time.
‘A Bear Called Paddington’ was first published by William Collins and Sons in 1958 and has never been out of print since. With Michael’s careful guidance Paddington made the transition to television in 1975 and a merchandising programme launched in the same decade. More recently Paddington featured in a highly acclaimed feature film and its sequel Paddington 2 is due to be released by Studiocanal in November this year. Michael was the most modest and nicest of people and, like Paddington, very polite with a clear sense of right and wrong and a gentle sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all at Copyrights who have represented the merchandising of his wonderful creation since 1982.
Our thoughts are with Michael's family from all of us here at The Paddington Collective.
When Michael Bond's first Paddington story 'a bear called Paddington' was released in 1958 we saw Peggy Fortnums beautiful illustration bring our hairy Peruvian friend to life. He arrived at London's Paddington station with a note around his neck put there by his Aunt Lucy that read 'please look after this bear, thank you'
When Shirley Clarkson first started manufacturing the first official Paddington Bears by Gabrielle they came with a brown paper luggage tag with the words 'please look after this bear'
Michael Bond suggested that the 'thank you' be added to the design.
This makes it easy to date a very early Gabrielle Design Paddington Bear as often they are missing the 'thank you'
Since the Gabrielle Designs Bears of the 1970's and 80's many versions have of Paddington have been produced and the design of the swing tag has returned to Fortnums fabulous original imagining.
Rainbow Designs 'traditional' Paddington bear
In the recent Paddington movie we see Aunt Lucy lovingly giving our hero his tag which ensures that the Browns eventually take him in.
The swing tag is such a big part of Paddington's overall look, but all too often the original tag has become battered or lost. You can replace your bear's tag with this official exclusive leather replica from The Paddington Collective.
Also available are these lovely luggage labels that can be used for travel as they have a plastic pocket for your details
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Available from www.thepaddingtoncollective.com this wonderful replica Paddington luggage label. Comes with a fold out compartment for your details.
Mailbox up and running again now, please do get in touch. Questions@thepaddingtoncollective.com
We have lots of new stock at www.thepaddingtoncollective.com, have a look inside for an array of new bears and original clothing for your Gabrielle Designs Paddington Bear
Adding to the OBE he received in 1997, Paddington's creator will be awarded the CBE in the Queens birthday honours list and The Paddington Collective is thrilled with the news.
When Shirley Clarkson presented Paddington creator Michael Bond with the original Bears, it was at his request that 'Thank You' was added to the luggage label. So you will find on the very early Gabrielle Designs Paddington swing tags it simply reads 'Please look after this Bear'. The message was written by his dear Aunt Lucy and, as we all know she was very polite. We think this a very appropriate addition.
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The 2015 Empire Awards are next week and the utterly marvellous Paddington Movie is up for 2 awards. You can cast your votes here.
This Gabrielle Design bear has cast his vote. Best of luck from all at the Paddington Collective
It was Jezza's mum Shirley Clarkson that gave life to our beloved Gabrielle Designs Paddington Bear. In fact it was jeremy and his sister who recieved the first bears as Christmas presents back in 1972.
So whether you love him or hate him, we certainly have his mum Shirley to thank for or beloved Gabrielle Designs bears.
Paddington mixing with royalty, William and Paddington looking like old pals at the Chinese premiere.
Great article in The Daily Mail 22/02/2015 by Rosie Murray-West featuring a fabulous picture of Carol Fox at the Paddington Collective.
You can read the full article here
Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond is 89 years young today, this little fella is particularly excited!! Best wishes from all at The Paddington Collective
During the 1970's and 80's Gabrielle Designs produced and sold millions of their signature handmade bears. Each bear came with different felt hat and coat and Wellington boots. We'd be very interested to know your favourite colour combination or if you have a bear with a particularly rare colour scheme please let us know. Here are a few of our favourites
Hope the Alka Selzas worked their magic and today's hangovers are not too severe. We are pleased to say our Licenced leather luggage tags and replacement swing tags have arrived and are now available to buy. They come in cute PB gift bag as well.