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Mary Poppins Display at the NYPL

A display of rare ‘Mary Poppins’-related artifacts donated by author P.L. Travers is now on view at the New York Public Library. 

Items include:

  • Travers’s umbrella, which inspired the magical umbrella Mary Poppins uses to fly.
  • A Dutch wooden doll belonging to Travers — illustrator Mary Shepard’s model for the beloved nanny. 
  • ‘N is for Nursery,’ a pen and ink illustration for Mary Poppins from A to Z (1962) by Shepard.

The display is located in the children’s room of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and will be on view until the fall when the Winnie the Pooh collection returns from restoration. In the future, the Mary Poppins treasures may become part of the library’s permanent collection.

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