Mary Poppins (1964)
British Edward VII pennies appear as "Tuppence"
The 1964 Walt Disney film "Mary Poppins" features two British penny coins, known as "tuppence",
which are shown in close up, figure in the story, and have a song sung about them.
and illustrated by Mary Shepard.
The film stars Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, a nanny who is hired by the parents of two children
to take care of them, and Dick Van Dyke as her friend Bert.
who wrote most of the songs for the film.
The film starts with an aerial view of London in 1910.
Mary Poppins, the magical nanny, gets ready for her next assignment.
3. Mary Poppins gets ready
She receives a letter from the children of Mr. and Mrs. Banks requesting a nanny and goes to
meet the parents.
4. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Banks
Mr. Banks is a stiff conservative banker and Mrs. Banks is a suffragette, working for women's rights,
including the right to vote.
5. Mary Poppins arrives with the letter
She has the letter the children wrote, which the father thought he had destroyed.
6. Mary Poppins meets the children Jane and Michael
She finds that the children are "naughty" sometimes.
7. Mary Poppins and a bird
Birds will figure more importantly in the story later.
8. Egyptian Magic Coin Cleopatra-Bird Variety with a similar pose
Just a coincidence, of course.
Mary Poppins couldn't be that old.
9. Bert the street artist
Bert has his cap out for "coppers", or British copper coins.
10. Bert's coppers in the hat
The coins appear to be Edward VII pennies.
him around to taking the children to his bank, sort of a 1910 version of "take your kids to work day".
11. Mary Poppins sings "Feed the Birds"
During the song, the "Bird Woman" appears, she sits on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral selling
bags of bird food for tuppence (two pence) a bag.
Therefore "tuppence" would have been worth around four US cents.
12. The Bird Woman
The song and it's message put the children in the correct frame of mind for their visit to the bank.
The bank is the "Dawes, Tomes, Mousely, Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank".
13. Father takes the children to his bank
Michael has two pence, and as they pass the Bird Woman, Michael wants to "feed the birds".
His father ridicules the idea and they continue to the bank.
They arrive at the bank and are met by the board of directors.
Mr. Banks asks Michael to show them what is in his hand.
14. Michael holding tuppence
The board members, especially the senior member Mr. Dawes, greedily eye Michael's tuppence.
15. The bankers make a strong suggestion
The bankers advise Michael to "invest" his tuppence in the bank.
16. Michael has his tuppence in hand
The banker is able to grab the coins.
17. The banker gets the goods
Micheal screams for his money, the customers outside hear the noise, and they start withdrawing
their money, causing a panic and a "run on the bank".
18. The "run on the bank"
Michael and Jane escape the confusion and head home.
set on the rooftops of London.
gives his tuppence to his father.
19. Michael hands the tuppence to father
Mr. Banks receives a telephone call from the bank board requesting his presence.
He knows that he will be "sacked" or discharged.
20. Mr. Banks heads to the bank
Mr. Banks enters the chamber which is set up almost like a military court-martial.
21. In the chamber
The senior banker explains that the bank has not such a disgrace since they financed a
shipment of tea to America in 1773 (destroyed during the "Boston Tea Party").
in his bowler hat, the symbol of a banker.
22. Mr. Banks is cashiered
Mr. Banks, having lost his position, makes sarcastic jokes to the bankers, quotes Mary Poppins'
favorite word, and shows them the tuppence.
The tuppence are finally ready for their closeup:
23. The tuppence
The coins are two large worn British pennies, one showing King Edward VII (1901-1910)
A British Penny of King Edward VII:
24. A British Edward VII Penny from 1902
Mr. Banks angrily waves the tuppence around frightening the bankers.
25. Mr. Banks waving tupppence
Things end happily for Mr. Banks the next morning, he takes his wife and children out to fly kites,
and meets the bankers who have taken his advice, they inform him that the senior Mr. Dawes
"died happy" and offer him his position back and a promotion.
26. The Banks family flying kites
Mary Poppins had told the children that she would stay only until the wind changes.
The wind changes and she gets ready to leave.
27. Mary Poppins' goodbye
Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke as Bert and Mr. Dawes Senior (the old banker)
David Tomlinson as Mr. Banks
Glynis Johns as Mrs. Banks
Karen Dotrice as Jane Banks
Matthew Garber as Michael Banks
Jane Darwell as The Bird Woman
Writers: Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi