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Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Sally Wenham

Let’s Go Down The Rabbit Hole…

The Post Office Shop is proud to announce that we will be stocking a range of Alice in Wonderland stamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the novel being released.

Illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith was commissioned to illustrate ten key scenes from the book. The unusual vertical se-tenant format not only suits the topsy-turvy story but also adds philatelic interest.

The ten scenes from the novel which have been depicted are the White Rabbit, down the rabbit hole, drink me, the White Rabbit’s house, the Cheshire Cat, A mad tea-party, the Queen of Hearts, a game of croquet, Alice’s evidence and a pack of cards.

Alice The Cheshire Cat 81p stamp

Published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (which is frequently shortened to Alice in Wonderland) was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the tale of a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a very peculiar world indeed.

The tale begins when Alice, weary from a trip with her sister spots a white rabbit on a riverbank; however this rabbit is fully clothed and wearing a pocket watch! Alice then decides to follow the rabbit, when she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a magical land containing much loved characters like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

The original novel was illustrated by John Tenniel and has never been out of publication since its release. It has been translated into around 97 languages and there have been over 100 editions of the book as well as multiple adaptations.

The novel has been adapted for film and television from as early as a 1903 silent film production, however the most notable adaptations have been the 1951 animated film by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. This musical comedy fantasy adventure film is regarded as one of Disney’s greatest animated films even to this day.

The stamps are released on 6th January 2015 and will be a great way to own items which celebrate this iconic novel which is remembered fondly by children and adults alike.

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