How We Got Our Speedle

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There’s something a bit familiar about the mix of items in Lewis Carroll’s scrapbook, put online in its entirety by the Library of Congress. It includes advertisements he found funny, cartoons, pictures of seahorses and weird fish, cuttings of stories about mysterious animal footprints. Yes, this is essentially Lewis Carroll’s blog and completely fascinating:

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He seems to have been intrigued by a story about threatening letters:

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And kept a clipping recording his own ‘outing’:

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There are cuttings of his own journalism, such as an article about Feeding the Mind and – my favourite – a little story about how a family acquired its Speedle (“There is one drawback. It is blue and there are no straps.”)

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