The Mad Hatter has a basis in real history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, mercury was used to treat felt used in the production of hats in England. Workers in hat factories were exposed to toxic levels of the heavy metal and often led to the onset of dementia.

“Mad as a hatter” - In and century England, mercury was used in making felt for hats. Workers in hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which eventually caused mercury poisoning in some, resulting in dementia.

Hurricane of 1938: people in rowboat on Windsor Street, Hartford, September 23, 1938. :: Connecticut History Online

Hurricane of people in rowboat on Windsor Street, Hartford, September :: Connecticut History Online

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Robeson & Paul Robeson Jr. Enfield, Connecticut 1941

Robeson aimed to teach new generations about his father’s radical politics and criticized those he thought misrepresented his life.

Church Family Dry House, Enfield Shaker Village, CT

Church Family Dry House, Enfield Shaker Village, CT

Weaver High School students marching on Albany Avenue, Hartford, December 12,1969 by Connecticut History Online, via Flickr

Weaver High School students marching on Albany Avenue, Hartford, December 12,1969 by Connecticut History Online, via Flickr

Demonstration in Barry Square, Hartford, 1967 by Connecticut History Online, via Flickr

Demonstration in Barry Square, Hartford, 1967 by Connecticut History Online

Main St Hartford Ct 1972 2

East Hartford, Connecticut, Buffalo, Saints, Santos, Bison

Hartford newsboys and girls. Girl in middle, Nellis, is 9 years old. See label on photo 640. [Caption #640: A 9 year old newsgirl in Hartford, Conn. She sold later than this sometimes. Been selling two years.] Location: Hartford, Connecticut. Date Created/Published: 1909 March.

Hartford newsboys and girls. Girl in middle, Nellis, is 9 years old. See label on photo [Caption A 9 year old newsgirl in Hartford, Conn.

North Main St at Rt 5. In this weekly series, The Enfield Source publishes a photo of a business or landmark in...

North Main St at Rt In this weekly series, The Enfield Source publishes a photo of a business or landmark in.

Enfield HS, Soldiers Monument

Enfield HS, Soldiers Monument

Thompsonville

Thompsonville

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