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In 1920, an English newspaper called The Daily Express introduced Rupert Bear. Rupert Bear was created by Mary Tourtel who was a children's book illustrator and wife of an editor with The Daily Express. Rupert Teddy Bear was also popular in Holland. In Holland Rupert was known as Bruintje Beer

Mary's husband was looking for a comic strip character for his newspaper. He wanted newspaper cartoons for kids and adults that would rival other newspapers.

Mary Tourtel wrote her stories about a pleasant ageless town called Nutwood. It was in Nutwood that Rupert Bear became mix up with witches, legendary beings and dragons. Rupert Bear books were very popular along with cartoon comics for kids.

Rupert Bear had some popular make-believe friends named Algy Pug, Edward Trunk, Bill badger and the Wise Old Goat that were lovable chartoon characters. Some appeared as characters in rupert the bear annuals.

The first Rupert Bear merchandise was a "Little Bear" embroidery card that was made in 1921. In 1923 a play was produced based on Rupert Bear characters and adventures. The play was called Rupert's Revenge. A collection of Rupert Bear artifacts is housed in a local museum in the home town of Mary Tourtel, Canterbury, England.

In 1935 Mary Tourted creater of Rupert Bear and Rubert Bear characters retired due to poor eye site. Alfred Bestall a magazine and book illustrator took over for Mrs Tourted. Bestall also created the Rupert Annual comic books in 1936. In 1965 a new Rupert cartoon illustrator named Alex Cubie took over and the stories were written by Freddie Chaplain. Today Rupert is illustrated by John Harrold and written by Ian Robinson.

Rupert The Bear Stamp
1949 Rupert The Bear Annual

Every year since 1936 a Rupert annual has been released.

Rupert The Bear Marionette
Rupert The Bear Marionette

Early Rupert Bear merchandise include this Marionette made in 1950 by Pelham Puppets.

Rupert The Bear Watch
Rupert The Bear Watch

Dating from the 1960s Rupert Bear Character dial pocket watch.

Rupert The Bear Stamp
Rupert The Bear Stamp

Rupert Bear Illustration by John Harrold on 1994 British Stamp.

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