Some Alice Collectibles

Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by Alice in Wonderland.  After reading it several times, I purchased a 16 album, which was popular at that time.  In fact, record players used to include 16 as a possible speed.  If you didn’t own such a record player, you could buy an adapter, which would cut the 33 1/3 speed in half and also provide a soft space for you to put your 16 on.  Talking Books or Audio Books were produced by the Audio Book Company in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Their popularity spread and many stores carried them.  The idea was to select movie personalities or famous readers such as Marvin Miller to read complete works of literature.  Movie actors had read parts of literary classics on 78 albums in the 1940s with varying degrees of success, but the Audio Book Company wanted complete versions if feasible.  Alice in Wonderland was a Talking Book, which featured the multi-voiced talent, Marvin Miller, who did all the voices except Alice, which was done by Jane Webb.  I remember listening to it many times and following the Alice text as I listened.  In time, I collected different editions of Alice, including foreign editions and I picked up plates, figurines, cups, recordings.  I told my friends about my interest in Alice and they responded by bringing back some splendid items for my collection.  Here are a few items from my Alice collection.  I plan to do separate posts on illustrators of Alice and her changing identity, because Alice in Wonderland is much more than a children’s book; it is an intimate look at a child’s psyche and the twisted adult figures that are reflections of that mind.

The Alice nesting doll

The Alice nesting doll

A Walrus and the Carpenter mug

A Walrus and the Carpenter mug

A Mad Hatter and the Dormouse mug

A Mad Hatter and the Dormouse mug

A White Rabbit cup
A White Rabbit cup

Alice and friends behind glass
Alice and friends behind glass

Alice and the Caterpillar plate

Alice and the Caterpillar plate

The Trial plate

The Trial plate

Bambi Linn as Alice in Eva Le Gallienne's production of Alice in Wonderland on 6 78s.

Bambi Linn as Alice in Eva Le Gallienne’s production of Alice in Wonderland on 6 78s.

Ginger Rogers in Alice in Wonderland on 3 78s.
Ginger Rogers in Alice in Wonderland on 3 78s.

Jane Asher as Alice

Jane Asher as Alice

Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland

Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

David Del Tredici's Final Alice with Barbara Hendricks

David Del Tredici’s Final Alice with Barbara Hendricks

David Del Tredici's In Memory of a Summer Day

David Del Tredici’s In Memory of a Summer Day