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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Vote for Alice in Wonderland on The Great American Read!

A US TV-show is ranking ficional books, to determine which book is ‘America’s best-loved book’. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is one of the books you can vote on. If you are American or Canadian, you can help vote our favorite tale to the first place!

About the TV-show

The Great American Read‘ is an eight-part TV-series on PBS, that explores and celebrates the power of reading. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what America’s 100 best loved books have to say about the nation and its shared human experience.

Through a national survey, a list of 100 most popular fiction novels was compiled. During the summer, people were encouraged to read those books. Now you can vote to determine which book should be named ‘America’s best-loved book’. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” currently ranks in the top 40, but we need your help to make it rank even higher!

How to vote

There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. You can find all voting options on this page.

Voting is open until October 18. You can vote if you are from America or Canada and are 13 years or older.

Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland movie anniversary

Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland movie was released in London theaters on July 26, 1951. So today is the movie’s 67th anniversary!

The movie was not extremely successful after its release, nor is it considered to be one of the best Disney movies. Still, it remains a favorite in the hearts of many. The image of a blonde Alice in a blue dress has become an iconic image, as has the pink and purple striped Cheshire Cat.

More about Disney’s animated movie