Advent Calendar: 10 December – Father Christmas

speccoll
Monday 10 December 2018

Illustration of Father Christmas “Up-to-Date” by the illustrator Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914), published in the magazine Punch, ot the London Charivari, 26 December 1896 (per AP101.P8 Volume CXI). Tenniel was a politcal cartoonist for Punch for fifty years but is possibly more commonly known as the illustrator of Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).

The illustration shows Father Christmas on an early car. In 1896 the first speeding ticket was issued to a driver of a motor car who was four times over the legal speed limit – he reached 8 miles per hour and was fined 1 shilling, having been caught by a policeman on a bicycle!

Related topics

Share this story


Leave a reply

By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

Subscribe

Enter your email address here to receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 6,452 other subscribers.