Fun 57-58 (14 November 1893): 500. Click on image to enlarge it.[Other times other customs]. Source:
Pater and mater, remembering the glorious pantomimes of their own infancy, take the olive branches to see a modern one. Somehow it doesn’t seem quite the same thing; they almost wish they hadn’t come, and they quite wish they hadn’t brought the children.
In this performance Victorian pantomime, which emphasized fairyland and the fantastic, seems to have been replaced by scantily clothed Parisian-style can can and chorus girls. Another cartoon in Fun suggests the early one still thrived. Perhaps the careless parents just took the children to the wrong show at Christmas time.
[You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the Hathi Digital Library Trust and the University of Minnesota library and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. — George P. Landow]
Last modified 28 April 2016