Monday, February 15, 2016

Ephemera for Lunch #31:
Tales with Alice and Peter

After being on hiatus since that Soviet Union rocket ship on October 2, "Ephemera for Lunch" — in which I pick a theme for the week and have a short post at noon (EST) each day — is back.

This week's theme is record covers (but not stuff like Houses of the Holy or Song to a Seagull).

For today, there are actually two related covers...

Peter Pan Records was one of the biggest publishers of records for children from the 1950s through 1980s. If you were a kid in America during that time, you probably had a Peter Pan record.1

These two 45-rpm records, Alice in Wonderland (PP1021) and Peter and the Wolf (PP1010), were part of the Sunshine Series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As best as I can tell, there were about 100 records in the Sunshine Series (and that might be a low estimate), including such other titles as The Wizard Of Oz, On the Good Ship Lollipop, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Romper Room Visit with Mother Goose, and Casper the Friendly Ghost.2

As you might guess, what I like best about these two covers is the artwork. It would be great to discover and give credit to the artist(s).

Did you have these records? Or a different version of these two tales that Peter Pan published, with different cover art, over the years? Share your memories in the comments section or email me chrisottopa (at)

1. The company has changed hands several times and now has the much less inspired name of Inspired Studios.
2. A partial list can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. Peter and the Wolf was my favorite ever. I have long wanted to choreograph it for a children's dance theater performance.