The story of Paddy O'Cinnamon was written in the summer of 1937 from the mind of Glanville Heisch and his wife, Elisabeth but Cinnamon Bear's origin started much earlier. According to Glanville, he had a small stuffed bear as a child and whose name was Cinnamon Bear. As Glanville related the story in several interviews, he was asked by a friend at a transcription company to write a children's show for the holidays. The company wanted to sell the shows to department stores for the Christmas season.
When his first child was born, he started writing a book of poems for his new daughter and one of those poems was about his old friend Cinnamon Bear. After thinking about it for a while, Glanville sat down to write and six weeks later Paddy O'Cinnamon and his adventures in Maybeland were the result. With his wife's help, he wrote the script and 12 songs. The rest is history.
Glanville admits that the show is old-fashioned with terms like "skidoo" and "lounge lizard" but fans of the show still find it charming and it is still finding new fans today.