Mr Wilson and his bear costume: Hot furrie of 1909?

mr wilson hot furrie bear costume

In 1909, a young gentleman known to posterity only as Mr Wilson posed for a series of pics in a bear costume in an Auckland photographic studio. Was Mr Wilson the Hot Furrie of 1909 or did he just like dressing up in a bear costume?

Acclaimed New Zealand photographer Herman John Schmidt ran his photographic studio in Auckland’s Edson’s Building from 1908 until 1942.

In 1970, with the building scheduled for demolition, a workman discovered thousands of plate negatives in the building’s attic. A team of rescuers ran relays climbing up to the attic. They recovered a total of 26,000 photographic plate negatives.

Among the photographs, is a series of pics of Mr Wilson in a bear costume taken in 1909.

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And that’s about all we know. The bear costume is a little worse for wear and Mr Wilson poses in it before a somewhat faded painted backdrop. He displays a sense of humour with the bear holding up a cracker and a bottle of wine in one image.

In another photo, Mr Wilson reveals himself as a good-looking young man, posing in the costume but with the bear’s head sitting on his shoulder.

mr wilson hot furrie bear costume

So we are left with a mystery. Was young Mr Wilson a hot furrie of the Edwardian era or simply a guy who wanted some pics and there just happened to be an old bear costume lying around?

We will likely never know and a bit of mystery won’t hurt us.

Cheers, Mr Wilson. We hope you enjoyed your photographic session.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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