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WONDERLAND

Mint stamp collection. 50 different stamps, including several varieties and errors, record the adventures of Alice Liddell, the White Rabbit, Jabberwock, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter, the White Queen, and assorted others. All seem in moderately good condition but irregular centering on many values. All stamps are without gum.

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Wonderland is a country visited (according to legend) by Alice Liddell, who found an amazing real-life chess game in progress, became a pawn, and eventually a queen. In this role, her face was depicted on the Wonderland definitive stamps, which were reputedly issued in the late nineteenth century, though the paper these stamps are printed on appears surprisingly modern.

Currency of the country is 40 winks = 1 Golden Slumber.

Alice's adventures were recorded by the writer Lewis Carroll (a.k.a. Charles Dodson), depicted on a gold 3 winks stamp in this collection.

Among the definitives depicting Alice are BOTH types of the ½ wink (with crossbar in the fraction both horizontal and diagonal), and the famous "inverted head" on the 3 winks, plus normal.

Other highlights include the Freedom from Hunger Campaign (plus "broken plate" error), the Mock Turtle in tears, the Postage Due set, and the pair of Health stamps showing Tweedledum & Tweedledee (known as "the frowning boys.")

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course, structure, characters, and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

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