It wasn’t until Hippoville Drawing 37 that the Village Elder started to catalog and number Hippoville drawings sequentially. So, any drawing before 37 and things are rather dicey (and, occasionally, numbers over 37 are missing; it’s happened over the years due to Hippo accounting errors).

Based on date stamp references, the second Hippoville drawing may have been this one, or, at least, a part of the Hippo seen above. Undoubtedly there was some text pertaining to the celebration of Christmas in 1998. Early Hippoville cards were created with pen and paper and Corel Painter and inserted into Microsoft Publisher; many of these digital files have gotten lost or corrupted in the ensuing years. So, if you happen to have the original printed version on paper, count yourself incredibly lucky!