Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Purgatory Post commemorates Winnie-the-Pooh’s centennial

New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post on February 29 commemorated the centennial of the beloved bear Winnie-the-Pooh. The 6-sola stamp features two illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh—accompanied by Piglet in one—as well as a photo of author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, after whom the boy in the stories is named.

Purgatory Post 6-sola Winnie-the-Pooh Centennial stamp
Purgatory Post Winnie-the-Pooh Centennial stamp

The first reference to Winnie-the-Pooh appeared in a February 1924 edition of Punch, and he later appeared in other magazines and books. To modern audiences, the Walt Disney version of Pooh wearing a red shirt is probably best known, and I’m quite certain that was the earliest version of which I was aware.

I know this because of a small book that I have on display in my home office, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Pebble Hunt. Judging by the inscription inside the front cover, I think it was probably one of my first books, being presented to me by Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Wileen when I was less than 16 months old.

Cover of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Pebble Hunt
Winnie-the-Pooh and the Pebble Hunt

The book reminds me of dear friends who are no longer with us, and Purgatory Post operator Scott A.’s new stamp reminded me of the book. Very nice.

Published 2024-03-11


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