June 25, 2013 by weekiwitch
One of my amazing commenters, Cloven Hoofed, has sent me a remarkable copy of an advertising poster for the Witches Mill.
Wouldn’t it be something to go back in time & dance with Gardner at the Witches Mill?
He has this to say:
“I have a friend who lives on the Isle of Man, he’s a bookseller and knows a lot of local people – he also knows that I’m interested in acquiring Witches Mill / Gardner-related items. A contact of his on the island has a large collection historical documents of all kinds relating to the history of the place and she gave him a photo-copy of the poster to give to me…….
I guess most of us know the standard GBG drawing of the witch flying over the tower – but I haven’t seen this drawing before.
It’s undated, the writing is clearly in a ‘calligraphic’ style (could it be by GBG?).”
There are several questions that arise:
Did Gerald have a hand in it’s making?
If not, then who commissioned it? Gerald, Monique Wilson?
Was the dancing at the Mill during Gerald’s lifetime?
Could the phone number a reliable indicator of the date?
We have our own theories. What do you think?
Side note: Speaking of Witches Mill, I managed to get my hands on an original Witches Mill booklet. It’s so tiny, less than 5 inches tall! This is a later edition, published by the Wilsons. You can see scans of an excellent earlier version at the invaluable geraldgardner.com