Hans Reyersback was born in Hamburg Germany in 1889. He later changed his name to Rey. He loved going to the Hagenbeck Zoo where he drew animals. He later painted circus posters to make a living. His original drawings of Curious George were in watercolor.
Margaret Walstien was born in 1906 in the same city and they knew each other briefly. She studied art at the famous Bauhaus School. She left to become a photographer in London. They met as adults and eventually became married. They started an advertising agency in Rio de Janeiro. They later moved to Paris where the idea of George was created.
"In June 1940, on a rainy morning before dawn, a few hours before the Nazis, entered we left Paris on bicyles, with nothing but warm coats and our manuscripts, Curious George among them...tied to baggage racks, and started pedaling south. We finally made it to Lisbon, by train, having sold our bicyles to customs officials at the French Spanish border." Margret tells in her own words.
The couple didn't have children of their own so they enjoyed knowing so many children enjoyed their stories. H. A. drew the pictures and Margret wrote the words. They were devoted to each other throughout their lives.
Their inspirations for stories came from every day experiences in life. But knowing the character of Curious George was saved on the back of a homemade bicycle make the books even more precious.