24.04.2016 - An interesting item: Lewis Carroll’s stamp case

In 2016 it has been 180 years since the birth of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Time to point out two interesting items that belong to the collection of the British Postal Museum and Archive. It concern an invention of the man himself, called ‘The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case’ and also an accompanying booklet titled ‘Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing’.
‘The Wonderland Postage Stamp Case’ was not intended to be carried around in your pocket or handbag but rather to be kept with writing materials in an envelope case or similar. Inside Carroll’s stamp case there are twelve separate pockets for stamps, with denominations of that time (‘½d’ up to ‘1 shilling’), with an extra pocket for the most common rate: one penny. Each pocket could comfortably hold up to six stamps.

Picture: British Postal Museum and Archive