Winnie the Pooh Collector
Photos by Charles Auer
A portion of Deb Hoffman's Winnie the Pooh collection is seen in this panoramic photo. A group of smaller items in Deb Hoffman's Winnie the Pooh collection, including items from Asia. Winnie the Pooh characters line the stairs at Deb Hoffman's Town of Vernon home. Deb Hoffman's collection includes nearty 10,000 unique items. Deb Hoffman stands with one of the prizes in her collection, a Winnie the Pooh mascot costume. Deb Hoffman holds the Winnie the Pooh her father gave her as a child. It has been nearly completely remade because of the wear from her childhood. Eeyore peers out of a group of plush Winnie the Pooh characters. Deb Hoffmann of the Town of Vernon holds the Guiness World Record for the largest collection of unique Winnie the Pooh items. She has nearly 10,000 different items. This phone started Deb Hoffman's urge to collect Winnie the Pooh items. She had seen it in a novelty phone store but failed to buy it in time. Her search for it sparked her modern Pooh collection. The Piglet in the foreground was purchased from the daughter of Vincent Price. It was created in the 1940's and is one of a few items in the collection from the days before Disney obtained the Winnie the Pooh trademarks.
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