This is a gorgeous book to dip into. It was one of my last indulgences before I got back on the no book buying wagon after Christmas. So, on this soggy Sunday in Melbourne, I thought I’d share some of the cartoons & pictures from Punch goes to War, a selection of the funniest cartoons & articles published in Punch during WWII. I like the Home Front ones best, that’s my special interest.
There’s a whole series called Wartime Weaknesses. This one pokes fun at the English love of endless cups ot tea. It’s by Pont (Graham Laidler).
Fire watching was one of the most important jobs on the Home Front. Here’s the Home Secretary, Herbert Morrison, in full fire watching gear by Leslie Illingworth.
This lady may have taken camouflage a little too far. By Rowland Emett.
Punch was seen as essential reading for the troops as well as those at home. By Douglas England.
The Blitz spirit came to the fore after air raids like the one which devastated London on December 29, 1940. The survival of St Paul’s Cathedral became a symbol of resistance.This cartoon is by W A Sillince & the caption is “Actually this is very much as Wren INTENDED us to see St Paul’s.”
This picture by E H Shepard called The Lights O’London or Happy Dreams. I can only admire anyone able to sleep through that!
Punch goes to War is a lovely book that I’ll be dipping into often.