1905 — Maude Adams as Peter Pan

index NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARYThe first American actress to play Peter Pan on Broadway.


  1. George Kaplan

    “Clap if you believe in fairies”. Marvellous picture. Isn’t it interesting that it took Maude, an American actress, to really establish Peter Pan on stage, and she was apparently responsible for that famous phrase too! (interesting also that photos from even, say, the 1920s can look fairly modern while one from 1905 like this one are clearly from another era). Fascinating that she became wealthy enough to have a railway car of own as well! I was quite touched to read that her longtime companion Louise Boynton was later buried with her. She makes a good imposing Peter doesn’t she? Thanks so for this, V.
    Posted at 2 AM? Now, Missy, I hope you got to bed soon after and are sleeping sound as I send this. I’ll be worried about you. I, of course, would *never* be up so late – or even later – would I?! (just as I am pure in thought, word, and deed ;))

      • George Kaplan

        Aha! I guessed that must be the case when I saw the other posts later. I’d considered the poss but I’m not up to date with these new-fangled things 😉
        Interesting to read about Maude.

  2. Dearest V
    Is it just The Dandy, or does “our Maude” look a little severe?
    Perhaps it was a little trepidation at the prospect of all that high wire work that inevitably comes with the part…
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • She does look a bit severe, maybe she’s trying to look like an intractable boy, or maybe she has to stay still because of the camera’s shutter speed… 1905… that might be it.

  3. George Kaplan

    M’sieu Perfumed Dandy – well if “Our Maude”-as-Peter asked me to clap I don’t think I’d defy her! People from that era often look severe in their portraits don’t they?! Then again, perhaps Maude just wanted lunch… Ha.

  4. aubrey

    I believe that Maud/Peter is merely being concerned – worried about getting into Kensington Gardens once more and retrieving The Lost Boys.

    She must have been a petite girl, yet there is something about her stubborn stance and folded arms which tells me that she has something of the mischievous boy as well – in short, she looks capable of anything!

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