Wendy: Where do you live?
Peter: Second to the right, and then straight on till morning.
Wendy: They put that on the letters?
Peter: Don’t get any letters.
Wendy: But your mother gets letters.
Peter: Don’t have a mother.
Wendy: No wonder you were crying.
Peter: I wasn’t crying about mothers. I was crying because I can’t get this shadow to stick. And I wasn’t crying.
Wendy: I think you have, Peter. And I daresay you’ve felt it yourself. For something… or… someone?
Peter: Never. Even the sound of it offends me.
[Wendy tries to touch his face, and he jumps away]
Peter: Why do you have to spoil everything? We have fun, don’t we? I taught you to fly and to fight. What more could there be?
Wendy: There is so much more.
Peter: What? What else is there?
Wendy: I don’t know. I guess it becomes clearer when you grow up.
Peter: Well, I will not grow up. You cannot make me!
This day celebrates the 150th anniversary of James Matthew Barrie’s birth at Lilybank, Kirriemuir in the region of Angus, Scotland.
Ninth child of handloom weaver David Barrie, which J.M. Barrie referred to as “a man I am very proud to be able to call my father” and Margaret Ogilvy, of whom he wrote….”Those innumerable talks with her made her youth as vivid to me as my own, and so much more quaint, for, to a child, the oddest of things…is that is mother was once a child also…she was eight when her mother’s death made her mistress of the house and mother to her little brother, and from that time she scrubbed, and mended and baked and sewed…then [rushed] out to play dumps or palaulays with others of her age”.
His mother’s youth surely inspired him for Wendy’s role.
Over the years, worldwide postal administrations have featured Peter Pan and his friends on commemorative stamps. Here are some examples:
150th anniversary of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
This series of stamp continues an association formed 73 years ago between the hospital and the tale of the boy who would not grow up. Great Ormond Street opened with just 10 beds in 1852 and now cares for more than 100,000 children every year.
Peter Pan stamps depicts Peter, Tinkerbell, the Crocodile, and Captain Hook from JM Barrie’s classic play. The colourful illustrations are from Colin Shearing.
For the launch of the new stamps, Great Britain’s Royal Mail contacted Mr and Mrs Lynes to ask them if they would accept to host the event in their home, in Fairy Road, Wrexman.
“In this garden there is a fairy mound and a fairy oak tree and we thought it quite apt to do it here. (…) “And, of course, we all believe in fairies,” said Moelwyn Jones from the Royal Mail.
Djibouti 2008 Stamp Sheet commemorating Vancouver 2010
Grenada, Disney Classic Fairytales
As you can see, Fairy Tales on stamps is another great subject for a topical stamp collection.
To help out anyone wishing to start a collection on this colorful and fun topic, the American Topical Association (ATA) provides to its members a 44 pages checklist of stamps issued by all countries of the world depicting Fairy Tales and Fables. A great starting point. 🙂
PS: For further readings on plays written by James Matthew Barrie:
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Other Play, published by Oxford University Press in its World’s Classics collection, 1995