I discovered this charming little story in The Graphic magazine Christmas number for 1880. The colours have faded to blues and browns I’m afraid, but then it is over one hundred years old!
“Although there is no amusement which pleases children better than to hear reminiscences from their parents of their own childhood, it is very hard for them to realise that Papa and Mamma were once little soft creatures like themselves. Still more difficult is it to realise anything about the preceding generation. According to their fancies, probably, Grandpapa was always bald, always hobbled on a stick, always sat in the big armchair with his feet on a gouty stool, and always read the paper through spectacles. These pictures may induce them to believe that there was in the far distant past, an epoch when even poor old Grandpapa was young.”
Grandpapa’s First Step
He Feels Lonely, As His Nurse Is Fond of Chatting With a Friend
Grandpapa In Disgrace
He Meets Grandmamma For The First Time: He Does Not Forget The Good Old Custom of Ye Mistletoe
Grandpapa Goes To School
Home For The Holidays: Grandpapa Comes To Grief On a Slide
Grandpapa Meets Grandmamma For the Second Time:He Dares Not Take Advantage of Ye Mistletoe Bough
Grandmamma Says “Yes”
Wishing you a very happy New Year!