The first Rupert Annual was launched in 1936.
The stories famously comprise three main elements: the artwork, the prose and the rhyming couplet. For many a child, the joy of Christmas was made complete by the gift of the new Rupert Annual. Most of the included stories are reprinted from the Daily Express newspaper strips which were in full colour from 1940. Some stories were especially written and illustrated for the annual and these are noted.
From 1941, the covers comprised a piece of "wrap-around" artwork and each annual from 1950 had endpapers of equally beautiful artwork. Origami was introduced to the annuals in 1946 and became a regular feature for many years. In 1960, magic painting pictures were introduced. These appeared until 1968.
The Annuals continue to this day.
In 1985 the first of what has become a series of facsimiles was introduced. For reasons of political correctness, there are several years for which no facsimile has been produced and the 1970 annual was the last one for which a facsimile was produced.
Have a look at some of the other annuals -
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The Followers of Rupert Bear
The official Rupert Bear Society Website
The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555
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If you are a Full Member, then your Newsletters and Supplements will be sent to you by post.
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The 2021 AGM and Fun Day - Tavistock!
Held at an exciting new venue
As you will all know by now, Warwick School was not able to host our 2021 Event. Up stepped Charles Knape who as pulled out all the stops to organise an event for us at Kelly College in Tavistock.
It was an amazing success. Huge thanks to Charles. A full Review of the Day will appear in the Winter Nutwood Newsletter - but to be there and see the Rupert hot-air balloon inflated for what is likely to be the very last time was amazing. You can find a shorter review with photos and videos on this site. Look at the "Followers' AGM and Annual Fun Day" section below or just click here to go straight to the review.