A Christmas Carol 'The Goose' 1938



FILM A Christmas Carol (1938, USA)
1938 American film adaptation of Dickens' classic story about the old merchant Scrooge and how his own disappointments in life shape his view that both life and men are not worthy of his notice or concern.

Scene: Shopping for Christmas dinner!

The Goose Club
"In Victorian times, most Londoners would have been familiar with the "goose club", which was a method of saving to buy a goose for Christmas. Goose clubs were popular with working-class Londoners, who paid a few pence a week towards the purchase of a Christmas goose. The week before Christmas, London meat markets were crammed with geese and turkeys, many imported from Germany and France, although some were raised in Norfolk, and taken to market in London. The birds were walked from Norfolk to the markets in London, to protect their feet the turkeys were dressed in boots made of sacking or leather and geese had their feet protected with a covering of tar. This traditional Christmas goose was featured in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'."