I must confess that I am really enjoying writing this blog. This is all very new to me (and habit-forming). However, this week I will be proof reading the first half of my book and working on the index. The proofs that McFarland Publishing sent look fantastic with a clean but imaginative layout and the photos are displayed in sizes that don’t strain the eyes. In other words, I am thrilled! Meanwhile, as I don’t want to leave this week’s blog without any illustrations here is a Peter Pan poster with a short anecdote.
In 1990 (and before the real power of the internet), as I was looking around for illustrations and photos via museums, libraries, and private collectors I found a window card for the Betty Bronson silent film of Peter Pan at a movie poster auction in Ohio. I immediately called the dealer inquiring if I might be able to have a photo of the poster. He replied yes but that there would be a $200 rental fee. I asked him what the poster was starting at in the auction and he answered $750. For this school teacher with a six-year-old it might as well have been a million dollars yet despite my poor finances I asked if I could buy it before it went on the block. He said yes! Then, and I don’t know where I got the nerve, I asked if I could pay it off over a year’s time period. Again he said yes! And so I did, selling my pottery at fairs and festivals to pay for the poster. About nine months later I paid off the debt and received the window card in the mail. Since then, I have seen many copies of this poster offered on the internet (same lithograph printing errors, drips, and spots make it recognizable) but I have enjoyed seeing it on the walls of my homes for the last 21 years. Enjoy!