A BBC cameraman buys a small toy bear left alone on a shelf in Selfridges store, London, for his wife Brenda. Named Paddington, after the station close to Michael Bond’s home, the bear inspires him to write eight episodes in just over a week.
Williams Collins publish the very first book ‘A Bear Called Paddington’, in hardback, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
'A Bear Called Paddington' is listed as ‘The Best Children’s Novel’ of 1958 by the UK Book Trade Journal, Books and Bookmen.
‘More About Paddington’, Michael Bond’s second novel, is published.
‘A Bear Called Paddington’ is translated into Swedish, Danish and Dutch.
Paddington is published in the US by Houghton Mifflin of Boston.
Paddington appears in Puffin paperback. (The paperback edition of ‘Paddington at Large’ went on to become one of the lead titles in Puffin’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 1966.)
Blue Peter television programme publishes its Annual, featuring the first of fourteen specifically written Paddington stories.
Michael Bond retires from his job as a BBC cameraman to write full-time.
Paddington starts his radio and television career with a story on BBC Radio's Children's Hour.
Michael Bond makes an appearance on Blue Peter.
A horse called Paddington Bear, owned by Lady Aitken, is loyally backed by staff of Collins publishers.
Shirley Clarkson makes two soft toy Paddington Bears as Christmas presents for her children Joanna and Jeremy (who was later to go on to become a well-known journalist and television personality in his own right).
Shirley Clarkson’s company, Gabrielle Designs, becomes the first Paddington licensee, manufacturing her classic Paddington toys dressed in duffle coats, felt hats and Wellington Boots.
‘Paddington Bear’, the first Paddington picture book for younger readers, illustrated by Fred Banbery, is published.
‘The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington’, the first Paddington musical, opens at the Nottingham Playhouse. (It was staged at the Duke of York theatre in London the following year.)
Eden Toys, a New York toy company, acquires the American rights to produce a Paddington Bear soft toy.
Coalport China produces a collection of ceramic Paddington giftware.
This year sees the first broadcast on BBC1 of 30x5 minute episodes of the FilmFair puppet animated series made under the direction of Ivor Wood. The series is sold throughout the world.
A range of Paddington stationery by Hestair Hope is the first ever co-ordinated children’s collection in the UK, as is Wardle Fabrics’ children’s bedding range.
Paddington becomes the figurehead of Paddington's Make it Grow Club, the children's arm of leading UK charity, Action Medical Research.
The first Paddington and Friends shop opens in London.
A Paddington strip cartoon appears in the London Evening News.
A Paddington in a glass case is unveiled on Paddington Station.
A second series of 26 FilmFair episodes are screened and awarded a silver medal at the New York Film and Television Festival – the first British animated series ever to win a major award.
A second Paddington and Friends shop opens in Bath.
Paddington appears in three half hour specials made by FilmFair, including ‘Paddington Goes to the Movies’ featuring a classic dance routine from Singin’ in the Rain – a tribute to Gene Kelly, which was made with his full approval; the film is nominated for an Emmy.
Paddington makes his debut in Japan with leading retailer Sony Plaza. Collections of exclusive product have been developed for the Japanese market ever since.
Paddington’s Silver Jubilee is marked by a dedicated Christmas Grotto in Selfridges, the store in London where the original bear was bought.
A new stage show, 'Paddington’s Magical Musical' by Shirley Roden and produced by Bill Kenwright, opens at the Hexagon in Reading before going on tour.
A giant hot-air balloon is made for a Paddington fan, Frank Meyer of Colorado, USA.
Japanese airline JAS initiates a ski tour promotion featuring Paddington, which continued to run over 12 years.
Paddington joins Richard Branson as a crew member when he attempts to break the Atlantic Blue Riband speed record.
A 40’ picture of Paddington is one of the main features of the Blackpool Illuminations.
Paddington accompanies Margaret Thatcher at a Conservative party Conference.
Paddington appears in lights in the Ginza in Japan.
Paddington is a major feature on Action Medical Research’s float in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London.
A contract is signed with Hanna-Barbera Inc for the production of a cell animated television programme for worldwide distribution.
Paddington’s official biography, ‘The Life and Times of Paddington Bear’ by Russel Ash with Michael Bond, is published by Pavilion Books in association with Michael Joseph.
A 29’ tall Paddington float balloon makes the first of several appearances in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, televised live across the United States to an estimated 60 million homes.
A Paddington Bear soft toy is chosen by English tunnellers as the first item to pass through to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel are linked up.
Paddington Bear stamp is included in a Royal Mail greetings stamp book.
Michael Bond opens the Paddington retail stand at Paddington Station.
In France, Bon Marchee department store presents Paddington as a unique English character as part of their on-going English month promotions.
Harper Collins publishes Michael Bond’s autobiography, ‘Bears and Forebears - A Life So Far’.
A Paddington Bear design is Marks & Spencer’s fastest selling pyjama.
Michael Bond is honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to children’s literature.
The first 13 episodes in Cinar Films’ brand new animated series is transmitted by ITV in the UK and Teletoon in Canada.
Paddington is the theme of Hamley’s Christmas windows in London’s Regent Street.
The Glades Shopping Centre Bromley, England, stages a Paddington Bear Christmas Display Scheme and Grotto
The London Toy and Model Museum opens a special exhibition in honour of Paddington’s 40th anniversary year. Due to run for six months, it is extended by popular demand.
Paddington launches his first website - proving Paddington is moving with the times!
'A Bear Called Paddington' becomes "Ursus Nomine Paddington" when a Latin edition is published, translated by Peter Needham.
a permanent, life-sized bronze statue of Paddington is unveiled by Michael Bond on Paddington Station in London.
Paddington's 25 year association with the UK charity, Action Medical Research, is marked with the publication of a new book, "Paddington Goes to Hospital".
Marshall Fields department stores in the USA choose Paddington as their Christmas theme, featuring the story of "Paddington and the Christmas Surprise" in displays and in the windows of the famous State Street store in Chicago.
a new version of the stage show, "The Adventures of Paddington Bear" begins a nationwide tour of theatres throughout the UK.
Paddington launches a brand new website!
Party at the Palace - on 25th June Paddington joins celebrations at Buckingham Palace.
Paddington’s image appears on a set of special stamps from Royal Mail.
Paddington stars in a new series of television and radio ads for Marmite.
Michael Bond is honoured with a Doctorate from the University of Reading.
‘Paddington Here and Now’, the first new novel for almost 30 years, is published with a launch at the Peruvian Ambassador’s residence in London.
Paddington's image features on the Google home page.
Paddington celebrates his 50th anniversary with a special tour of London.
Paddington can now be found in British Airways’ in-flight children’s Skyflyer packs.
Paddington appears on Google Street View and can be seen at six different locations.
Paddington launches a new website.
iPaddington is here! Available for iPad, iTouch or iPhone is a new version of the first classic Paddington Bear story.
Paddington is officially confirmed as Britain’s Favourite Ever Animated Character by the British Animation Awards.
The thirteenth novel 'Paddington Races Ahead' is published.
Filming commences on the first Paddington Bear movie.
'Picture This' (an exploration of classic children’s books) exhibition opens for three months at the British Library.
Paddington launches a new clothing range available around the world with babyGap. #AdventureAwaits
July & November:
Paddington becomes the face of 'Half & Half' bread and Warburtons change their name to Warbeartons.
‘Paddington: Illustrated and Animated’ exhibition opens at the House of Illustration in London.
Selfridges, the London store where it all began, opens a Paddington shop, exhibition and window displays to celebrate the forthcoming film.
Paddington Trail of 50 statues, all designed by celebrities, launches across London ahead of the film.
‘Love from Paddington’, Michel Bond’s latest Paddington novel, is published.
Exhibition about the history of Paddington opens at the Museum of London.
Paddington throws out the first pitch at the Cubs vs LA Dodgers game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Michael Bond receives his CBE from HRH the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
THE CREATOR OF PADDINGTON
But I doubt my mother ever pictured me writing for a living. In fact, when I eventually gave up working for the BBC in order to write full time, I think both my parents were worried that I had given up a nice, safe job for what sounded to them like a very precarious exi…
All about paddington
Although Paddington now lives in London, England, he originally came from Peru where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy after he was orphaned following an earthquake when he was just a few weeks old.