It’s Frankenstein Day!

Today is Frankenstein Day!  It is the celebration of the birthday of Mary Wollenstone Shelly.  Who is she?  Well, she wrote the epic novel, “Frankenstein“.  She was born on this day in 1797.  So, we are going to celebrate with lots of Frankenstein awesomeness found across the web!

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Now I have to tell you that I was a bit surprised that this horror story was not only written by a woman, but she was only 21 the year it was published!  What a great success story for a woman of her time!

A lot of folks think that the big green monster that was brought to life in the story is Frankenstein, but that name actually refers to the Doctor Frankenstein who created him.  And speaking of Frankenstein; I have to show you this video from the movie, “Young Frankenstein” where the good doctor meets his assistant, Igor and insists on the proper pronunciation of his name.

Since the publication of Shelley’s book “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus” in 1818, readers, as well as movie buffs have been fascinated by this horror story.  Frankenstein was first adapted for the stage in 1826 and the first movie starring the creature was produced in 1910. It is Boris Karloff‘s monster from 1931, though, that is the epitome of what people think of when hearing the name Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein Polymer Clay Earrings from Custom Boutique Jewelry

Did you know? Frankenstein has appeared on a U.S. postage stamp on two different occasions. The first time was in 1997 and he was used once again in 2002.

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Frankenstein and his Bride Cake Topper from Wee Brigadoon

Fun Fact:  Doctor Victor Frankenstein was based on a real person: Johann Konrad Dippe.  He was a physician and scientist obsessed with creating life through scientific means. His birthplace? Castle Frankenstein, near Darmstadt, Germany.

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Frankenstein Gourd from Pinch Me Boutique

Did you know? The most famous movie version of Frankenstein was released in 1931 by Universal Studios.  Actor Boris Karloff played the role of the creature. Bela Lugosi was initially offered the role, but refused.

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Frankenstein Bear from You Had me at Crochet

The Frankenstein movies paved the way for many sequels, including Bride of FrankensteinSon of Frankenstein, and Ghost of Frankenstein. And of course there were the parodies including Young Frankenstein, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which features Doctor Frank N. Furter.

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Frankenstein Headband from Swanky Pickle Boutique

Did you know? The character Herman Munster from television show The Munsters, was based on Frankenstein’s monster.  Remember him?  He was the father of a nice, if a little creepy family.

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Frankenstein Crochet Beanie from Peanut Lilly

So, celebrate Frankenstein Day with a good old fashioned horror movie.  Or at least check out some of these great shops on Etsy.  Monsters can be pretty cute sometimes.  Just saying.

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5 comments… add one
  • Tanzerina October 13, 2014, 7:58 am

    I just discovered that you featured my Frankenstein headband made by the Swanky Pickle Boutique! THANK YOU!! I am too tickled! =)

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    • Susan Myers October 15, 2014, 5:01 am

      You are very welcome! Hope it brings lots of folks your way!

      suzy

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  • Ruth (Yarning To Be) September 1, 2013, 5:21 am

    This is a great Frankenstein collection. All items featured are unique and whimsical. Thank you so much for including my Frankenstein beanie.

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  • Sue {munchkin munchies} August 30, 2013, 11:34 am

    Thanks for featuring my rice krispie treat and letting me know:)The baby’s hat is adorable! I love the premise of your blog; brilliant idea!

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  • norene August 30, 2013, 9:36 am

    Igor sure had scary eyes!!! I think that’s really the way they were too.

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