Oct. 6th National Mad Hatter Day
We all know the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice In Wonderland”. The artwork originally was all done by Sir John Tenniel for Carroll concerning the Mad Hatter. Since this all came from the late 1800’s they may have actually engaged in business with Mad Hatters. Haberdasheries made their hats with mercury, which prolonged use generally drove the hat artist insane. While we view this as humorous in Alice’s world, I doubt it was the same in the real world! The 10/6 in the Mad Hatter’s hat probably stood for the price of the hat, 10 schillings and a 6 pence. However, if you look at most of the characters in Alice In Wonderland it’s interesting to think he may have been one of the more sane citizens of the land.
How to celebrate – Dress up like the Mad Hatter. Read Alice In Wonderland. Pretend to be Alice!