Carroll’s Wonderland Menagerie

"And as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!”

With an imagination as great as Lewis Carroll’s was, it’s no wonder he was able to create such a range of creatures to inhabit the appropriately named Wonderland.  In addition to the Jabberwock above,  Wonderland is home to a host of bizzare beings.  Most famous, perhaps, is the Cheshire Cat, who appears and disappears to give Alice some cryptic advice from time to time.

Other denizens of Wonderland are the toves, mome raths, and borogroves; talking flowers, a mock turtle, and even a caterpillar that smokes a hookah while dispensing even more crytpic advice to poor Alice.

More fabulous beasts from the mind of Lewis Carroll can be found by visiting us at Special Collections!  (Perhaps you might stop by on a hunt for the elusive Snark?)

- Amy Spencer



Table Treats: Good Things to Eat and How to Prepare Them. The C.F. Sauer Company, Richmond, Virginia.  TX 715 .T33 1920

Perhaps with college students in mind, the authors also tell us 

“Macaroni is a very valuable food, is easily prepared, and when appetizingly served, with a little cheese added, makes a satisfying meal in itself. It contains the elements of body building, heat producing, and fat creating, thus assuring perfect dietary balance. Macaroni products can be used with left-over vegetables to make appetizing and nourishing food combinations.”

via VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives

Words of wisdom…

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Keith Haring in front of his mural at at Collingwood College, Melbourne, Australia, 1984


Keith Haring in front of his mural at at Collingwood College, Melbourne, Australia, 1984

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Creative Covers

This Frankenstein, book cover is right up my street and quite inspirational for the work I’m doing at the moment. It’s was design a few years ago by Maciej Ratajki, a designer based in Warsaw, Poland.

For me, everything works well together. The composition with triple use of the ‘n’,  the play of scale with the author’s name and the ‘i’ nested within the large characters, and the blackletter typeface.
My only reservation is the detailed loop on the ‘a’ which is a little distracting when combined with the scale of smaller type. I’d have been tempted to redraw the top of it.

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Esad Ribic

Enough said. #inspiration


Enough said. #inspiration

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