Verso: July 2017

You may not recognize the name Michael Bond, but nearly everyone knows Paddington Bear. Michael Bond (January 13, 1926-June 27, 2017) was the creator of the Paddington Bear series of children’s books. Bond was from London, where he imagined a stuffed bear that was inspired by child refugees traveling through Reading Station from London. He remembered that the children he saw carried all of their possessions in little suitcases or packages and wore labels around their necks which gave their names and addresses. Bond stated that he’d never seen a sadder sight.

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