By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 19, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the publishing of the classic Christmas tale of Scrooge, Marley, ghosts and a blessing fromTiny Tim.


On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella, Christmas Carol was published in London.

It tells the story of the elderly miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited on Christmas Eve night by his long-dead business partner, Mr. Marley.  Subsequently, Scrooge “time travels” with the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, exploring his life.   At the end, Scrooge transforms himself to be kinder and gentler man.

Dickens wrote this novella at the time when British society was experimenting with new Christmas traditions, like trees and cards.  They were looking for a change.

An adaptation of this story is a long running Christmas tradition at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park.  A refreshed version is being presented currently.

Colton’s 1855 map of England and Wales is presented here.  

England & Wales – 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.