MILNE, A.A., AND CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE.
WINNIE-THE-POOH, AND PHOTOS TOO.
1. 3 ALSs of Christopher Robin Milne, signed "Christopher Robin" and "Moon," 3 pp, 4to, Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, Sussex, [December 1929 to September 1, 1931] to Alma Junghaus, thanking her for birthday and Christmas gifts, 2 with original autograph transmittal envelopes.
In a letter written Christmas 1929, 9 year-old Christopher Robin sends a thank-you note to his mother's close friend: "Dear Alma / I do thank you for sending me that drawing book it is ever so nicely made. Pooh wants me to thank you for giving him a Christmas card he said it's the first he had / A Happy New Year / With love from / Christopher Robin Milne."
2. MILNE, A. A. ALS ("Alan"), 3 pp, 8vo, Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, Sussex, May 27, 1946, to Alma Junghans, thanking her for sending a parcel, with original autograph transmittal envelope.
3. MILNE, DOROTHY. 22 ALSs, 1930-1948, to Alma Junghans, most with original autograph transmittal envelopes.
4. 6 silver print photographs, 4 ¼ by 2 ½ and 3 ¼ by 4 ½ inches, all with period annotations on the verso in unknown hand identifying figures including: A.A. Milne lounging in the door of Cotchfield Farm, identified on verso, "Blue 1928"; 8 year old Christopher Robin holding his teddy bear, identified on verso, "Moon (Christopher Robin) and Pooh1928"; The Milnes, Christopher Robin and Pooh on the lawn before the farmhouse, identified on the verso, "Daphne, Moon and Blue Milne Clochford FarmSussex Spring 1928 the Country House." With three more pictures of Christopher Robin taken two years later, one with his father, another on a pony jumping a gate.
American Alma Junghans struck up a friendship with Dorothy Milne and her family some time in the 1920s, and remained friendly for decades. According to the correspondence present here, Alma was among the small party that accompanied Christopher Robin to the London Zoo to meet the famed bear Winnie who, together with Christopher Robin's own teddy bear, became the inspiration for the character Winnie-the-Pooh.
Alma Junghans was a faithful correspondent to the Milnes, remembering birthdays and Christmases, as well as sending much needed supplies to the UK during and after World War II. As a family the Milnes took great pains to thank Alma, writing gracious and chatty letters over the years. Certainly, the most charming pieces in this Milne family archive are the three letters written by Christopher Robin, the earliest at age 9, and the 6 rare snapshots, 3 from 1928, 3 from 1930, of the Milnes at home, including 2 of Christopher Robin with his beloved Winnie-the-Pooh.