Completely coincidentally with the release of the new Mary Poppins film, I was sorting through some of my dad’s photos over Christmas when I noticed that one the black & white films from October 1955 mentioned PL Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books. And there, towards the end was this one frame…

PL Travers, bottom right

My aunt confirmed that it is her – the photo was taken at the Symons’ house in Gloucester Gate near Regent’s Park. The Symons were friends of the family, and I have a vague memory of visiting them there in the 1970s – something to do with being allowed to play underneath a grand piano, or something like that. My cousin apparently met her when he was 6 months old.

One thing that occurred to me is that PL Travers probably reduces my Bacon Number quite significantly (see Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon) – me to my dad, to PL Travers, to Walt Disney, to anyone and everyone he met!

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