Monday, 22 June 2009

Missing the draft

R H Brock, 1916

'How is it you're not at the Front, young man?'
'Cause there ain't no milk at that end, mum.'

During the First World War the cartoons in Punch were often beautifully illustrated but rarely funny, with lengthy captions usually featuring dialogue in supposed Cockney or upper-class speech leading to a laboured punch line. The gentle simplicity of this one comes like a breath of fresh air.

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