Mad as a Hatter, an Adder, or an Oyster

Alice's Mad Tea Party by John Tenniel, 19th Century.

Alice’s Mad Tea Party by John Tenniel, 19th Century.

I’m guest posting today over at Geri Walton’s wonderful History of the 18th and 19th Centuries blog!  If you would like to learn more about the perils of 19th century mercury-based hat making and the origins of the popular phrase “as mad as a hatter,” do stop by and have a look at my new article Mad as a Hatter, an Adder, or an Oyster.  You can click through HERE.

3 thoughts on “Mad as a Hatter, an Adder, or an Oyster

  1. Sarah Waldock says:

    the dangers inherent in hat making were identical to those to be found in those producing ormolu, which meant working in mercury vapour, such that few survived over the age of 40. France was the first to ban this trade as too dangerous in 1830. Nice research, by the way, and still the jury is out over the origins….

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