words and pictures – Mary Poppins

Helen Lyndon Goff (or P L Travers as she became known) was born in Maryborough in Queensland in 1899.  Her character Mary Poppins appeared in print in late 1934 with outline illustrations by Mary Shepard.  Mary was the daughter of E H Shepard who drew for A A Milne.

The colour print here is from a 2009 State Library of NSW exhibit.  The short review appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 February 1935.

Sydney Morning Herald 9 February 1935

Image: State Library of NSW

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