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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Anfinwen » Jan 27, 2011 6:04 am

I have a Narnia book with a timeline in it that puts Polly being born in 1888 and going to Narnia in 1900. The dates are mostly educated guesses, but it gives you an idea. I agree with Jill that Polly should have blond curls. Here are some outfits from the Dover coloring book "Old-Time Children's Fashions." The first I like mostly for Digory (note the high collar). The second outfit is a lot like the one Lu_valient posted.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Jill » Jan 28, 2011 11:21 pm

Lovely! I I love the dresses, especially the right one on the second picture. I think Polly wore shoes though, not boots as her stockings got wet when she jumped into the pool in the wood between the worlds.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Lu_valient » Jan 29, 2011 7:57 am

Jill, they would wear stockings with boots, not just shoes.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Jill » Jan 29, 2011 12:07 pm

The pool wasn't very deep without the rings on that is all I meant, it wasn't the stockings I was thinking about.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby coracle » Jan 29, 2011 12:33 pm

Lady Arwen, that is a lovely pair of pictures! Very suitable.

The timeline figures are the same as Lewis's own timeline, so you can trust them.
Early in MN Lewis says it happened back when the first reader's grandparents were children. In the early 1950s when the book was written, children of 10 might have grandparents of 55-60 who were about 10/12 in 1900.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » Jan 31, 2011 12:43 am

I think Baynes' illustration of Polly (her period dress and hair) shouldn't be messed with.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Jill » Jan 31, 2011 9:14 pm

Good point, that is how generations of children (and adults) have seen Polly, why change it now. Admittedly the best actress might not be blonde but the style could be kept the same, I like it very much!
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby emijoy » Mar 03, 2011 8:51 am

Warrior 4 Jesus wrote:I think Baynes' illustration of Polly (her period dress and hair) shouldn't be messed with.


Totally agree! I love her blond curls and not-so-stiff looking dress. I've always imagined it as green.

Same with Digory!
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Anfinwen » Mar 08, 2011 10:39 am

Here are some pics of old patterns I thought looked nice. They are from this website. http://www.agelesspatterns.com/
1892 White & Blue Sailor Dress for Girl 3-5 Yrs
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Lucy of Narnia » Mar 09, 2011 5:46 pm

Ooh, I like the idea of a green dress! Maybe it'd be better not to be blue or it might look like Alice in Wonderland what with the style of the dress and the blond curls. :p
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby NarnianAtHeart » Apr 08, 2011 2:34 pm

I always thought Polly would look like Alice :) I really like lady Arwen's first dress...and I like the idea of a green dress
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Anfinwen » Apr 09, 2011 9:58 am

I like the idea of a green dress too, except that a more contrasting color might be better for the Wood Between the Worlds.
NarnianAtHeart wrote:I always thought Polly would look like Alice

I feel the same way; but for those who don't like that idea, a navy blue sailor suit wouldn't look too much like Alice.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby NarnianAtHeart » Apr 09, 2011 10:19 am

I didn't think about that....the green in the wood could make her blend in some?But I'm not against a blue dress ;)
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Eustace » Apr 13, 2011 8:06 am

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't Polly Plummer wearing a pink dress in Pauline Baynes's illustration?
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I think Baynes' illustration of Polly (her period dress and hair) shouldn't be messed with.

emijoy wrote:

Totally agree! I love her blond curls and not-so-stiff looking dress. I've always imagined it as green.

Same with Digory!
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby Anfinwen » Apr 13, 2011 9:06 am

In the book I have some of the illustrations are colorized (not sure if they were originally colored) and Polly's dress is light blue.
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Re: Polly Plummer

Postby lioness13 » Apr 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Yes yes yes! Blonde barrel curs, pulled half up with a big bow, and a sailer collar! I believe there is actually a picture of her in a sailor dress in the book. Blue is definately best: sky-to-baby blue with cream trim. :)
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