WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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moths, each accompanied by their Latin names and some by elaborate drawings and descriptions of how they developed from caterpillars. The artist was E. Brenton Jennings, and many of the insects in his book are native to lands as far away as India. Fox speculates that he might have relied on the massive collection of butterflies and moths assembled by the Denton family, who lived on Glen Road, where the Jennings family had a farm. The Wellesley Historical Society now owns that collection. 'WONDERLAND' IN WESTON SPELLMAN MUSEUM OF STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY 241 WELLESLEY STREET, WESTON 781.768.8367 or SPELLMANMUSEUM.ORG Just off of Wellesley Street, on a corner of the Regis College campus, is a gem of a museum with a very misleading name: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History. That's because it focuses on much more than postage. The museum uses stamps as a vehicle for telling stories — be they about the travails of POWs or the triumphs of secretaries. The 53-year-old museum was named for Cardinal Francis Spellman, whose own collection is among its holdings. Curator George S. Norton started me off not with stamps, but with a paper kit called "the Wonderland Postage Stamp Case" invented by "Alice" author Lewis Carroll in 1889. Frustrated by wasting time look- ing for the appropriate stamp for foreign letters, Carroll set up pockets designating various denominations. The kit — which a cynic might cite as an early example of promotional marketing — is illustrated with characters from Wonderland drawn by Sir John Tenniel. On the case itself is Alice holding the Duchess's wailing baby; pull out the sleeve and you'll find Alice holding a pig instead. The case includes a short essay by Carroll, "Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing." Among his suggestions: "When you have written a letter that you feel may possibly irritate your friend, however necessary you may have felt it to so express yourself, put it aside till the next day." - - ✘ - - 102 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 Buried Treasures P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F S P E L L M A N M U S E U M O F S T A M P S & P O S T A L H I S T O R Y The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case By Lewis Carroll, 1889

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