Lewis Carroll’s death anniversary

Charles Ludwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Lewis Carroll, author of the ‘Alice’ books, died on 14 january 1898, which is exactly 121 years ago today.

This parody of Carroll’s “Mad Gardener’s Song” was published in one of his obituaries, in the Westminster Gazette, and I think it is just perfect:

I thought I saw a fairy bird
That carrolled ever on;
I looked again, and saw it was
A mathematic don.
“Adieu, adieu,” he sadly sang;
“To Wonderland I’ve gone.”

Original printing blocks for the first ‘Alice’ editions auctioned

Yesterday, the original electrotype blocks used for printing the illustrations of the first editions of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there” were sold at auction house Christie’s.

To be able to print the illustrations, Tenniel drew on wooden blocks, which were subsequently cut by the Dalziel Brothers. From these wooden blocks, copper-plated lead printing blocks were electrotyped.

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A very merry Mad Hatter’s Day!

Did you know that the 6th of October is called Mad Hatter’s Day?

The 6th of October can be written as 10/6 (it depends on the date format you use in your country), which refers to the card that is stuck in the Hatter’s hat.

So, are you celebrating Mad Hatter’s Day? Or do you prefer celebrating your Unbirthday?

Alice in Wonderland Halloween ideas

Yay, it’s almost time to prepare for Halloween again! Have you considered doing an Alice in Wonderland theme for this year’s Halloween? Then let these Alice in Wonderland Halloween ideas inspire you!

Although the Alice in Wonderland story is most often associated with crazyness, it can be turned into a scary theme as well. Make it ‘Malice in Wonderland’! Or for example center it around the Queen of Hearts, who is so fond of beheading people. Yell “Off with your head!!” to everyone who dares to ring your doorbell!

Tim Burton’s live action movie is a little darker than the original story, so you could pick that as a theme. The game “American McGee’s Alice” and its follow-up “Alice: Madness Returns” is even more dark, so this is also a good source of inspiration:

 

Continue reading for more specific ideas!

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