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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The gaslights used in the movie are all naked flames. By the 1930s, gaslights used mantles, which gave off a lot more light for less gas and didn't smoke the glass covers. Also, gaslights were largely controlled by clockwork (still used in historic areas today in London and other European cities), so the leeries' main job would have been maintenance: mantle replacement and winding the clockwork rather than daily lighting/dousing.
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In the London street scenes, several of the buses shown are too old for the 1930s setting. For instance, the buses are shown with 'outside' staircases to the upper deck, whereas those designs (from post-WWI) had been superseded by then by designs with enclosed staircases.
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Continuity 

While rummaging through the attic, Michael finds the snow globe of St. Paul's Cathedral. In the original film, however, Mary Poppins takes this with her when she leaves.
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Jack slides down the lamp post twice. He slides down before and after Mary Poppins and the kids.
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Errors in geography 

In one scene set at night, the sound of cicadas can be heard. Cicadas are not native to England and so would never be heard at night.
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Factual errors 

When Admiral Boom and Binnacle salute Mary and the children in the bath fantasy scene they give British Army salutes rather than British Navy salutes.
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Tuppence invested for 20-some years would be more likely to result in bus fare than pay off the mortgage on a house.
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When Mary Poppins lands with the kite, she is holding the kite back-to-front, with the struts facing forward. If you have ever made, or flown a kite, you will know that this impossible - a kite cannot fly like this.
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Miscellaneous 

When Georgie is flying the kite the wind is blowing strongly into his face but the kite is pulling in the opposite direction.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Cousin Topsy performs a handstand during her dancing routine, her earrings do not dangle down to the ground. This shows the scene was filmed with her putting her hands on a surface above her head and subsequently being rotated 180 degrees in post-production.
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In a couple of street scenes, road markings of double yellow lines (no parking) are covered over but can be seen if you know where to look.
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