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On this Day in
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December 18, 1974


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Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
  debutes and is released as a double feature with The Island at the Top of the World. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but lost to Closed Mondays.

 
Father's Day Pooh-Gram with box and card

Pooh-Grams

In the late 90s, starting December of 1996, Disney's first catalog service offered Pooh-Grams.  Each holiday or for special occassions, Pooh was dressed in an appropriate outfit and shipped in a box with the Hundred Acre Wood motif.  Each Pooh-Gram could be customized with your recipient's name and included a card.  Sometimes the card was also themed - for instance at Christmas and Spring. 

 

Most times the card had a general mailman Pooh.  Also, on occasion, the Pooh-Gram included a supporting item.  For instance, for Easter, a nest of jelly bean eggs was included.  For Hanukkah, Pooh also had a Dreidel.  And for Halloween, Pooh had a velour pumpkin. 

 

Sadly, Pooh-Grams were discontinued.  On May 28th 1997, Vermont Teddy Bear Company sued Disney claiming that the Pooh-Grams were too close to their item Vermont Bear-Grams which were also customized and sent in a box for special occassions.  Pooh-Grams were also $29.95 and Vermont Bear-Grams were $42.95.  Consumers started to get confused and started calling Vermont asking for the Disney Bear.  It was at that point when Vermont filed the suit.  Vermont ships out 250K bears a year.

 

I think I found all the Pooh-Grams that were available. If I missed any -- be sure to email me and let me know.

 

deb@mostpooh.com