The 8 Days of DisHist-mas!
Updated: Feb 11, 2022
This was originally written for Twitter in the 8 days leading up to Christmas (it was originally going to be the traditional 12 days but unfortunately I wasn't too well, so you'll have 8 and be thankful for it.)
But illness, life and UK politics got in the way last week, so now it will be the new traditional (if I have anything to do with it) 8 days of DisHistmas.
An opportunistic undertaker drops in to give Christmas and New Year wishes to a sick man. Coloured lithograph, ca. 1830.
Undertaker life hack: make friends with all the chronically and seriously ill locals.
A Christmas entertainment, presented in sign language for the deaf and dumb, at the Hanover Square rooms, London.
Note how many in the audience couldn't care less about who's on stage, and are just signing amongst themselves.
It's A Wonderful Life, 1946, one of the most well loved American films of all times. A man with a hearing impairment nearly gets done for fraud but it turns out everyone likes him.
Also known as "why did the pharmacist have poison in the first place?!
A reminder that we can blame Charles Dickens for a lot of "oh no poor you well done you left the house aren't you brave."
BUT less irritatingly, this year on Broadway Tiny Tim will be played by disabled kids!
A 1940 poster from the National Tuberculosis Association in the USA for awareness-raising stamps.
I am assuming that the stamps themselves did not contribute to the spread of TB because that wouldn't be very Christmassy.
Two videos from the same place, (and not just because I was out drinking yesterday)
Hidden Lives Remembered. Click the pictures to watch the videos.
A first hand account of Christmas in a residential home:
A choir reminisce about their Christmas visits:
The Hidden Lives Remembered project is based in Solihull focussing on the history of people with learning disabilities living in residential homes and long stay hospitals.
Highly recommend looking at all their resources, so valuable!
Christmas cards raising money for the Crippled Children's Help Society.
These were both drawn by the same artist, Edward Gosling, a child with no arms who used the society.
He drew with his toes, and apparently thought Santa personally killed turkeys.
"A Gift of Love", the 1963 remarkable and tragic story of a girl whose mum is TOO RICH for a gift she could afford.
Thankfully, a brooch made by a disabled is worth much more! Everyone will treasure a gift and card "made by spastics"!
Click below to see the whole film, thanks to the Wellcome Library!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!