Woman in US has largest collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabiliaDecember 11, 2009
Deb Hoffmann, a resident of Vernon, Wisconsin in the United States created a Guinness Book record for the largest collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia.
People have their own hobbies and collectables that they like to pursue, but Deb Hoffmann a resident of Waukesha County has a collection that could easily be the envy of the entire world. While people collect t-shirts, coffee mugs, coins and other stuff this woman has more than 4,500 Winnie the Pooh bears, picture frames, wall decorative, time pieces amongst other memorabilia.
Deb wasn't a collector from the outset and she received her first teddy bear from her father when she was two years old. During her childhood she did get a few more and would always take care of them but never did she plan or image that she would end up having as many as she has today.
During the 1980's there was a spurt in Pooh toys and products as Disney started to realize the true potential of a global brand that Winnie the Pooh could be.
Gary Hoffmann does not seem to have any problem with his wife bringing home some 4,500 guest home. In fact the couple has a spare room in their two-story home in Vernon filled with the largest collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia in the world.
Deb's collection can now be viewed by millions across the world thanks to the collection being included by the Guinness Book of World Records and shall be part of the book when released in September. Each year 4 million copies of the Guinness Record book sold each year. Deb says that after her death the entire Winnie the Pooh collection will be donated to the Winnie Museum in Vernon.