Monday, June 3, 2013

Amazing Early Photographs of 'Alice in Wonderland'

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a 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 and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

The book has inspired numerous film and television adaptations which have multiplied as the original work is now in the public domain in all jurisdictions. Here's some of the early photographs from Alice in Wonderland.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898) who wrote “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1857

Alice Liddell (1852–1934), the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's fictional character Alice in “Alice in Wonderland”. She is posing as “The Beggar-Maid”. (Photo by Lewis Carroll/Getty Images). 1858

Alice Liddell sitting by a potted fern. (Photo by Lewis Carroll/Getty Images). July 1860

Alice Pleasance Hargreaves, nee Liddell, posing as Pomona, Roman divinity of the trees. (Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron/Getty Images). 1872

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party from “Alice in Wonderland” with Rosa Hersee as Alice and Arthur Elliot as the Hatter at the Opera Comique Theatre in London. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images). 1898

The Mad Hatter's tea party, a scene from a theatre production of “Alice In Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1910

The Mad Hatter's tea party, a scene from a theatre production of “Alice In Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1910

American actress Mae Marsh (1895–1968) as The Sheep in Paramount's “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Norman Z McLeod. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

Charlotte Henry (1913–1980) plays Alice in a debate with Alec B Francis as the King of Hearts, in a scene from Paramount's “Alice in Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

Polly Moran (1884–1952) as the Dodo Bird in Paramount's “Alice In Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

A chess queen in Paramount's production of Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

Child actor Baby Leroy, who plays the Joker in the Paramount production of Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Norman Z McLeod. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

W C Fields (1879–1946) inspects his Humpty Dumpty costume from the Paramount film version of “Alice in Wonderland”. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

The Duchess, played by Alison Skipworth, kidnaps Alice in a scene from the film “Alice in Wonderland”, directed by Norman Z McLeod for Paramount. All the characters were played by famous actors and actresses dressed in masks. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1933

Lewis Carroll's “Alice In Wonderland”, the book that is one of Britain's national treasures comes to the stage at the Scala Theatre, London. Alice, played by actress Roma Beaumont, in a scene from “Through The Looking Glass”, where the Sheep, played by Phyllis Morris gives Alice a pair of knitting needles and they turn into oars in her hand. (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images). 15th January 1944

Alice, played by actress Roma Beaumont, with Humpty Dumpty on the wall, played by Julian Somers. (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images). 15th January 1944

Alice, played by actress Roma Beaumont, with Tweedledum (Trevor Watkin), and Tweedledee (Pete Murray). (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images). 15th January 1944

Alice, played by actress Roma Beaumont, has eaten the cake marked 'Eat me' and is now nine feet high. (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images). 15th January 1944

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