Cute Paddington bear vintage mirror, children's book, film and television, advertising, collectables piece
I came across an excellent Paddington design that caught my attention. The design features a vibrant picture of the bear with his raincoat and hat. The colours are nice and vivid, and the bear is doing a job of painting with possibly made a bit of a mess. The design has a tremendous mid-to-dark wooden frame and gives off an excellent nostalgic feel.
Comes in vintage condition with lovely signs of authentic original patina.
Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington. He has been featured in over twenty books written by British author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, David McKee, and other artists.
The friendly spectacled bear from "Darkest Peru" – with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade sandwiches – has become a classic character in children's literature. An anthropomorphised bear, Paddington is always polite – addressing people as "Mr", "Mrs", and "Miss" but rarely by first names – and kindhearted. However, he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval. He has an endless capacity for innocently getting into trouble, but he is known to "try so hard to get things right". He was discovered in London Paddington station by the (human) Brown family, who adopted him and named him "Paddington Brown," as his original name in bear language was too hard for them to pronounce.
Paddington has become one of the most beloved British fictional characters—British tunnellers chose a Paddington Bear stuffed toy as the first item to pass through to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked in 1994. Paddington's books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold over 30 million copies worldwide.