Drinking Bear

An automaton bear that was played with by Russian Foreign Minister Gromyko at an important meeting of the United Nations. The meeting was on board the Queen Mary at the time of the Cold War, after a frosty start, the automata were produced, and this one melted his heart. The Russian delegation were on their hands and knees laughing. The result was the meeting was a success and he took his finger off the red button. The whole incident is supported by photos and the biography of the Captain!

The Bear was made by Roullet & Decamps of Paris, circa 1950. 19th century examples are more anthropomorphic and usually have music.

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