Merry Christmas – Don’t Eat Too Much!

As you sit down to your Christmas dinner, or alternatively are recovering from it, we couldn’t resist showing you this illustration of a Christmas meal in Tudor times taken from The Stories Of Our Christmas Customs which was first published by Ladybird in 1964.

If you think the bearded gentlemen serving the boar’s head looks a little familiar that is because the artist for this book was Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson and the model he used for the man was his father, Robert ‘Pop’ Hampson, who was also the basis for Sir Hubert Guest, Controller of Dan Dare’s Space Fleet.

I wonder how many Dan Dare fans realised the similarity at the time?

Merry Christmas.

Ladybird Books © Penguin Books Ltd

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