Peter Pan was developed by the Scottish author J.M. Barrie as a character in his 1902 novel The Little White Bird. Written for an adult audience, The Little White Birdbarely introduced Peter as the boy who never grew up, but he quickly became a favorite among Barrie’s readers, which inspired him to write the 1904 play that would inspire the extremely popular 1953 Disney film. (Barrie, who died in 1937, never saw his character realized – and immortalized - by the Disney Studios.) Of course, since then Peter has proven an indelible part of popular culture, and we are happy to have him greet our guests as they climb aboard the tram in the Toy Box.
Our Peter Pan, you will notice, is taking a selfie. Artists have taken photographs of themselves since the 19thcentury – the first ever accredited to Robert Cornelius, taken in 1839. The development of the modern smartphone has made them extremely popular, such that the Oxford Dictionary announced that their ‘word of the year’ for 2013 was “Selfie,” defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”