My goodness, I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve posted something on this site. It’s not for having nothing to write; I have just been so busy with directing chores at school and painting watercolors for a children’s book I’m writing. Meanwhile, I am still looking for Peter Pan ephemera and other items and art related to the stage versions of the play. While I have some interesting Disney memorabilia, I am generally not attracted to them. Perhaps the reason I find past stage versions of the play so fascinating is that (in most cases) there are only reviews, programmes, flyers, posters, and other forms of ephemera available. Not so, however, with Jean Forbes-Robertson, who can be heard on the 1940 78 RPM records of Peter Pan along with Dinah Sheridan (who, sadly, recently passed away) which are available on a Sepia Records CD, 100 Years of Peter Pan.
While I was in London three years ago (I need to go back!) I was at a
friend of a friend’s home, who casually stood up and brought out a beautiful wax statue of Jean Forbes-Robertson as Peter Pan. I was amazed at the likeness and artistry of this little work of art by Agatha Walker in 1930 and immediately coveted the sculpture. (No, I was not rude enough to tell my friend’s friend about my feelings for his statue. I let my friend tell him later!) And of course, there are others out there, such as the one in the V & A Theatre Museum. Two weeks ago I was able to acquire a statue of my own which is pictured here. (And no, I did not steal from or kill my friend’s friend.) The sword has shifted but otherwise the statue is in remarkable condition. I am thrilled to have this work on display in our home (and that Dale does not mind my addiction to Pan).
A few months ago Katherine Hollom sent me photos of Violet Hollom who played one of the twins in Peter Pan (and actually was able to play Peter at least once when Pauline Chase was ill). The photo seen here portrays Violet later in life and with her children. Violet, as you might recall, was the sister of Herbert and Ernest Hollom. Thanks so much, Violet, for allowing me to use this photo on this blog.
Finally, it saddens me to report that one of our Flossies, baby Flossie, died on Sunday. From the beginning it was clear that something was wrong with her but Dale and I could not “destroy” her. We separated her from her sister Flossies and a week later she was walking again. Six months later, on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, Flossie lost use of her legs again and again we were advised to end her life. And again we could not. Instead, we brought her in the house when it was cold and fed her in the kitchen. Then on Christmas Eve., Dale ran in to tell me that we had a Christmas miracle; Baby Flossie was walking again! In a few days she starting laying eggs. We were egg-static. I guess by this time we really thought the Baby was going to be with us for a long run; that she was unsinkable. But Saturday afternoon Flossie lost the use of her legs again and by Saturday night she was no longer eating. The following day she could hardly move and she was breathing quite heavily. Still, I thought that she could survive this latest bout. She made one last valiant effort to get up (or rattling if you prefer) and then passed away.
Now I know she was only a chicken and that chickens are not so bright but have known people who were not so bright and only people and I still have mourned for them. And so I cried, dale cried, and our zoo has changed.