Saturday, April 09, 2016

Peggy Fortnum, R. I. P.

Peggy Fortnum, Illustrator of Paddington: He was an orphaned immigrant from “darkest Peru” who took his name from the Central London railway station where he was rescued by an agreeable English couple named Mr. and Mrs. Brown. They spotted him on the platform, sitting alone on an old leather suitcase and sporting an odd-looking hat and a handwritten label that implored, “Please look after this bear.”  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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