The Princess and the bear

With the new Paddington movie due for release in a few weeks it's great to see him loving the limelight. The expectant Princess kate is seen here shaking a tale feather with Peru's very own Hollywood royalty on Monday. It looks like some kind of ballroom but could have easily been the Sam-bear....sorry!! Paddington 2 is in uk cinemas from November 10th 

 

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A tribute to Michael Bond

The death of sir Michael Bond brought a great sadness to PB fans across the globe this week. R.W Alley sketched this beautiful tribute illustration in loving memory of our furry friends creator.    

The death of sir Michael Bond brought a great sadness to PB fans across the globe this week. R.W Alley sketched this beautiful tribute illustration in loving memory of our furry friends creator.  

 

Paddington Bear creator sadly passes away aged 91

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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. 

Paddington Bear's swing tag - a little history.

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' 

 

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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' 

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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

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In the recent Paddington movie we see Aunt Lucy lovingly giving our hero his tag which ensures that the Browns eventually take him in. 

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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. 

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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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thanks for checking out this little tale, we hope you like the tags exclusive to us here at 

http://thepaddingtoncollective.squarespace.com/exclusive-to-the-paddington-collective

cheers  

 

 

Did you know?

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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A rare luggage swing tag minus the politeness. 

A rare luggage swing tag minus the politeness. 

Love him or hate him

Let's hope his dinner wasn't cold on this day!! He wouldn't have messed with a hard stare from Paddington though.  

Let's hope his dinner wasn't cold on this day!! He wouldn't have messed with a hard stare from Paddington though.  

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.   

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So whether you love him or hate him, we certainly have his mum Shirley to thank for or beloved Gabrielle Designs bears. 

 

Remember when we were in the Mail on Sunday

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

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/investing/article-2962972/BEARNANZA-Paddington-movie-big-hit-investors-collectors-memorabilia-toy-s-stock-soars.html



It's Ya Birthday

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond is 89 years young today, this little fella is particularly excited!! Best wishes from all at The Paddington Collective 

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What's your favourite colour combination?

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 

Orange hat, blue jacket and yellow wellies

Orange hat, blue jacket and yellow wellies

The autumnal bear 

The autumnal bear 

Classic brown hat with red jacket and blue wellies

Classic brown hat with red jacket and blue wellies

Light blue hat and yellow boots combination 

Light blue hat and yellow boots combination 

Subtle mix of browns 

Subtle mix of browns 

The orange hat and brown jacket

The orange hat and brown jacket

Purple!!! It was the 1970's 

Purple!!! It was the 1970's 

The green jacket, a favourite in australia 

The green jacket, a favourite in australia