Bob Cratchit's Christmas Dinner
Approximately 14.4 by 20.4 cm (as a postcard, 9 x 14 cm)
From The Dickensian , vol. 25 (1929): frontispiece.
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This post-WWI image of a comfortable middle-class Victorian family celebrating Christmas is not entirely consistent with Dickens's descriptions of the privations of the Cratchit family during the height of the Hungry Forties, but it must have had considerable appeal for a readership yearning for the good old days before the cataclysm of the First World War. [Commentary continued below.]
Scanned image, caption, and commentary below by Philip V. Allingham
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