Last week, my partner, Dale, sent me an email with the title, “What You Are Not Getting For Christmas.” Before opening it I assumed it was some fabulous holiday in the Caribbean or Europe; perhaps a house in the Hamptons; or even a new car. You know what I mean; something way above our standard of living. Therefore I was surprised upon opening the email to find a website for a recently ended auction. There I found the most charming candy tins in the form of small vintage automobiles with wheels. One depicts
Cinderella in it; the other features Peter Pan at the wheel with Wendy and Nana sharing the front with him while Tinkerbell peering out of the back window. There is no date on the tin or in auction description but the image of Peter is similar to the Platt & Munk illustrations from 1923. The auction estimate was listed at $350 to $450; it sold for $1300. Although not the winning bidder (or the under bidder) I was thrilled that Dale would have bid at all.
However, when I told him I would feature this on my blog he was afraid that my readers would think he was cheap. “Nonsense,” I retorted. “My associates know that we are not in that league. But I wish we were filthy rich!” “Well, you’ll just have to settle for being filthy,” he answered back. Still, not to have him sulk over what he could not afford, I decided to include something else that I am not getting for Christmas: Christina
De Poortere’s beautiful Peter Pan tin. Thanks Christina, for allowing me to show photos of your tin on this site. I received a copy of the Annotated Peter Panfor my birthday and while I can’t write a review on Amazon.com (as I think that would be a conflict of interest), on my own site I can at least say; buy it! It is a cornucopia of any
Peter Pan fan’s wish list! In addition to the text of Barrie’s 1911 novel, Peter and Wendy, as well as author Tatar’s perceptive annotations, the treasure book also includes many rare photos, the complete The Boy Castaways, Barrie’s screen treatment, and other surprises beautifully packaged. I am only half way through it but I am so glad I asked for it as a birthday present. Oh yes, Christina has written a segment as well
explaining the relationship between Barrie and GOSH. Great stuff!
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and best wishes to everyone else.