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Joan of Argghh!

I seem to remember it was some sort of formaldehyde or chemical used in the blocking process. Now I'm off to google it. I'm cheap, I know...

Ah! I was close. I won't give it away, though.

Suzi

Mercury from working on the hats.

Do you know that the background for this version of the poem is supposed to be that Lewis had a wind up wooden bat which flew out his room window and landed in the tea tray a student was carrying across campus to a big wig? (from The Annotated Alice)

Minnesotastan

I believe it was mercury used in making felt for hats.

gail

Mercury from the felting process. Suzi and Minnesotastan are both right, but Suzi was first.

gail

Suzi, the Annotated Alice is wonderful. I've re read it a number of times over the years since it first came out.

Ana

Wasn't it lead? I think that they used lead.

Ana

Doesn't lead make you mad as a hatter? No?

Ana

You see how much I know.

gail

Hi Ana!

Ursca

Interestingly, the Mad Hatter is said to based on Roger Crab, a denizen of my own home-town!

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