Part of an extensive Stamp Covers range, this beautifully illustrated stamp cover features an iconic scene of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party where Alice meets with the Mad Hatter, the Hare and the much-abused Dormouse. It has been postmarked and cancelled on the first day of issue from Godstow, Oxford which is where Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Pen Name of Lewis Carroll) lived and worked.
There are six Special Stamps which feature on The Mad Hatter Stamp Cover, showing various scenes and unforgettable characters whom Alice meets through her journey through Wonderland.
The White Rabbit: The legendary rabbit in a hurry takes Alice on an extraordinary journey that changes her life forever. On the stamp she is shown in hot pursuit of the White Rabbit - and adventure - away from a sunny but boring day by the river with her sister.
Down the Rabbit Hole: Following the White Rabbit down the Rabbit Hole that looked like a very deep well. The somewhat tunnel to a new world featured sides filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. It didn't seem to end until Alice landed with a thud. There she is faced with a curious hall with many locked doors of all sizes.
Drink Me: At the bottom Alice glimpses a charming garden she can see beyond a tiny door she is too big to go through. She finds a bottle of potion with a painted label imploring 'drink me' Alice drinks, then shrinks, but now is too small to fetch the key for the door she found on a table. She eventually reaches 'shores' of Wonderland by swimming away through a pool of her tears formed when the Eat Me cakes grew her.
The White Rabbit's House: The White Rabbit mistakes Alice for his maid and sends her to his house to fetch his gloves and fan. After drinking from another bottle, she grows enormous, and is cramped to the rafters of the Rabbit's tiny home. After eating a magic cake, Alice shrinks again and is able to escape.
The Cheshire Cat: With an ever-present, all knowing grin, the Cheshire Cat lounges on the branch of a tree and explains that everyone in Wonderland is mad, pointing Alice in the direction of two of its leading lunatics - the Hatter and the March Hare. Then, tail-first, the Cat incrementally vanishes, leaving his grin hanging eerily in the air.
A Mad Tea Party: Alice suffers a bewildering tea party with the Hatter, the Hare and the much-abused Dormouse, who is used as a cushion then dunked in the teapot. The Hatter offers her wine he does not have and asks her a riddle he has no answer to.
Release Date: 6th January 2015
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