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Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 2, 1914   By:

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In this collection of cartoons and humorous articles from Punch magazine, readers are transported back to December 1914, during the early stages of World War I. The satirical illustrations and witty commentary provide a unique insight into the attitudes and concerns of the time, offering a mix of light-hearted entertainment and thought-provoking social commentary.

The magazine covers a range of topics, from current events and political satire to social norms and everyday life. The artwork is carefully crafted and full of detail, showcasing the talent of the illustrators at Punch. The writing is sharp and clever, capturing the essence of the era with humor and insight.

While some of the references may be dated, there is still much to enjoy in this collection. It serves as a valuable time capsule of the period, shedding light on the thoughts and opinions of people living through a tumultuous time in history. Fans of vintage humor and history buffs alike will appreciate this peek into the past through the pages of Punch.

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DECEMBER 2, 1914.


The KAISER, we hear, has had much pleasure in not bestowing the Iron Cross on Herr MAXIMILIEN HARDEN, the editor of Zukunft , who, in a recent article, suggested that the Germans should give up the pretence that they did not begin the War.

Mr. CECIL CHISHOLM, in his biography of our Commander in Chief, draws attention to the fact that both Sir JOHN FRENCH and General JOFFRE are square men. This, no doubt, accounts for the difficulty the enemy has in getting round them.

The author also mentions that the subject of his biography is known as "Lucky French," though few persons understand the full appropriateness of the epithet. It was Sir JOHN LUCK who first gave him a chance of distinguishing himself.

"Before Christmas," says a German journal, "Londoners will have become familiar with the spectacle of seeing their public buildings guarded by German blue jackets." This, of course, must refer to the interior of our prisons.

We hear that as a result of the raid by British airmen on the Zeppelin base at Friedrichshaven, the place has now been placarded with notices announcing that foreign aeroplanes are verboten there... Continue reading book >>

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