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Friday, November 19, 2010

Stamps Celebrate Anniversary Of Birth Of Peter Pan Creator

Guernsey Post is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Scottish author J M Barrie, best known for his creation Peter Pan, with an Alderney stamp issue.

The stamps depict selected images which appear in the fully illustrated edition of Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean, one of the most highly acclaimed living children's writers. McCaughrean's book is the only official sequel to Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan and Wendy, which was sanctioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital to which Barrie gifted the rights to Peter Pan in 1929.

In typical Peter Pan style a group of children are swarming above London's skyline (36p stamp). Meanwhile, the villainous pirate Captain Hook is seen falling into the jaws of a waiting crocodile (45p stamp) whilst, twenty years on, Captain Hook's ship (48p stamp) is visited by Peter who can be seen at the top of the mast.

Peter is seen waving a rainbow so that he and the other explorers can be freed (50p); the children are seen at the top of 'Neverpeak' (58p), which is covered in snow; and the vivid yellow and orange hues depict a bonfire which frightens off a blizzard and warms the children (80p).

Completing the issue is a miniature sheet (£3 stamp), which features the cover of Barrie's original Peter Pan novel published in 2007 by Oxford University Press, which was also illustrated by David Wyatt. It was commissioned to complement Peter Pan in Scarlet which had been published the previous year.