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Background imageComical Collection: Swanking at Whitley Bay

Swanking at Whitley Bay
I M SWANKING LIKE AN HEIRESS AT WHITLEY BAY - I VE FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT WORK ! Date: circa 1910

Background imageComical Collection: Theatre, A Cuckoo in the Nest 1925, Nerman

Theatre, A Cuckoo in the Nest 1925, Nerman
A scene from A Cuckoo in the Nest, a popular farce playing in London in 1925. Here, the impeccable husband is discovered by his wife and in-laws in a ladys bedroom (equally impeccable)

Background imageComical Collection: Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth

Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth. late 19th century

Background imageComical Collection: PONIES SHOPPING

PONIES SHOPPING
New Forest ponies " shopping" (much to one womans amazement) at Lymington in Hampshire, England

Background imageComical Collection: Woman raising her skirts to scare off the devil

Woman raising her skirts to scare off the devil. Perretta flashing the devil. The devil of Pope-Fig Island. Le diable de Papesiguiere

Background imageComical Collection: Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses

Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses
Two women jockeys with riding crops, spur on their steeds - not horses, but top-hatted and tailed gentlemen who wear bridles in their mouths

Background imageComical Collection: Great Snoring

Great Snoring
A signpost pointing to the village of Great Snoring, North Norfolk, England, has clearly effected the man beneath it!

Background imageComical Collection: Bald Prima Donna 20C

Bald Prima Donna 20C
A prima donna and her two bald-headed admirers

Background imageComical Collection: Driver is a Novice

Driver is a Novice
CAUTION : DRIVER IS A NOVICE A useful notice tied to the back of a learner drivers car as he makes a nervous hand signal

Background imageComical Collection: Sealyham Riding a Sheep

Sealyham Riding a Sheep
Jimmie, a tame sheep belonging to Mr V. Payne, a garage proprietor of West Malling, Kent, takes its Sealyham doggy friend for piggy backs ! Date: 19 February 1937

Background imageComical Collection: Doyle / Skiing / Alps 1894

Doyle / Skiing / Alps 1894
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE In comical pose on skis in the Alps, with female companion

Background imageComical Collection: KETTLE CAT

KETTLE CAT
A ginger cat about to be boiled in a kettle on the kitchen hob!

Background imageComical Collection: Comic Sex / Squeeze Seat

Comic Sex / Squeeze Seat
" Do you think you could squeeze me in a seat?" "... it would be better in the park after the show!"

Background imageComical Collection: Xmas Pudding in Trenches

Xmas Pudding in Trenches
Innovative British soldiers use a German steel helmet as a saucepan for their Christmas pudding

Background imageComical Collection: King Henry VI of England married to Margaret of Anjou

King Henry VI of England married to Margaret of Anjou at Titchfield Abbey, 23 April 1445. The mad king was 24 and the queen 15

Background imageComical Collection: Highland Scottish cat playing the bagpipes by Louis Wain

Highland Scottish cat playing the bagpipes by Louis Wain Date: 1903

Background imageComical Collection: Radio presenter with giant snail

Radio presenter with giant snail
Radio presenter comes face to face with a giant snail -- a surprise guest on his show. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageComical Collection: A Lincolnshire Handicap by Heath Robinson

A Lincolnshire Handicap by Heath Robinson
A race between cranes at the test ground of excavation specialists, Ruston-Bucyrus, who commissioned the ingenious Heath Robinson to draw a number of comical engineering drawings for a booklet

Background imageComical Collection: 1920S Jazz Band

1920S Jazz Band
Experienced players in a West End (of London) workshop, who daily repair instruments belonging to famous bandsmen, have formed a band, thoroughly testing all the instruments! Date: 1920s

Background imageComical Collection: Horse and drunk huntsman crashing through a shop window

Horse and drunk huntsman crashing through a shop window, 19th century. Caingey Thornton in hunting pinks on Hercules, followed by Mr. Sponge on Multum in Parvo

Background imageComical Collection: A game keeper giving directions to a couple fox hunting

A game keeper giving directions to a couple fox hunting, 19th century. Facey Romford and Lucy Somersville on the trail of a fast bag fox. Fresh as a four year old

Background imageComical Collection: Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals

Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals
This postcard titled Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals shows the many characters Albert Chevalier played. As the coster, fourth from right in the front row, he sang his famous coster songs

Background imageComical Collection: Swans in Transit

Swans in Transit
Swans in a boat, being transported from the River Thames to safer waters, during Henley Regatta time. Date: 1960s

Background imageComical Collection: Nurse administering a large enema syringe to a man in bed

Nurse administering a large enema syringe to a man in bed with his lover. The secret lover taking an enema instead of the girl. The clyster. Le remede

Background imageComical Collection: Oliver Cromwell removing the mace from the Commons

Oliver Cromwell removing the mace from the Commons Chamber and dissolving the Rump Parliament in 1653. Behind him, a group of Roundheads arrest a cavalier. Take away that Bauble

Background imageComical Collection: English lady surveying fancy room with covered chandeliers

English lady surveying fancy room with covered chandeliers
English lady surveying a fancy room with covered furniture and chandeliers in brown-holland balloons, 19th century. Housekeeper Mrs Mustard showing Mrs Lucy Somerville around the drawing room

Background imageComical Collection: Lady riding side-saddle on a horse stuck in a fence

Lady riding side-saddle on a horse stuck in a fence during a fox hunt, 19th century. Mrs Lucy Somerville urges her horse Leotard out of the briars while Facey Romford and other huntsmen watch

Background imageComical Collection: English gentleman in hunting pinks having his portrait

English gentleman in hunting pinks having his portrait painted, 19th century. Ruddle the artist smoking a pipe while painting Bragg seated on a saddle stand. Mr. Braggs equestrian portrait

Background imageComical Collection: Afternoon tea in a Victorian drawing room, 19th century

Afternoon tea in a Victorian drawing room, 19th century.. Ladies in crinoline dresses wait for a footman in livery bring the tea tray

Background imageComical Collection: King William II crossing the river at the Battle of

King William II crossing the river at the Battle of the Boyne, Ireland, 1 July 1690. Deposed Catholic King James II of England losing his wig and hat as he flees on horseback

Background imageComical Collection: King Charles II at a dance party during the Restoration

King Charles II at a dance party during the Restoration, circa 1660. A wild ball with dancing, music, card games, tobacco smoking, drinking, courtesans, and fops. Evening Party. Time of Charles II

Background imageComical Collection: King Charles II hiding up an oak tree in Boscobel

King Charles II hiding up an oak tree in Boscobel Wood, after the Battle of Worcester, 1651. Parliamentarian or Roundhead soldier interrogate a local Royalist family. The Royal Oak

Background imageComical Collection: Guy Fawkes, leader of the Gunpowder Plot, caught in

Guy Fawkes, leader of the Gunpowder Plot, caught in the cellar of the Houses of Parliament, 5 November 1604. William Parker, Baron Monteagle, and Theophilus Howard, Earl of Suffolk

Background imageComical Collection: Sir Walter Raleigh laying his cape over a puddle for

Sir Walter Raleigh laying his cape over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I at Greenwich. She wears a bonnet, huge lace ruff collar, puff sleeves and hoop dress

Background imageComical Collection: Man with cuckolds horns holding a magick cup

Man with cuckolds horns holding a magick cup
Man with cuckolds horns in ruff, doublet and cape holding a magick cup. The enchanted goblet. La coupe enchantee. After Ludovico Ariosto

Background imageComical Collection: Louis Wain cats - Why don t you learn your lessons?

Louis Wain cats - Why don t you learn your lessons? 1898

Background imageComical Collection: Man with toothache, Victorian period

Man with toothache, Victorian period

Background imageComical Collection: Wartime Vimaltol Advertisement

Wartime Vimaltol Advertisement
A wartime advertisement promoting Vimaltol, a delicious vitamin food for children. The photographs portray a young child in various positions around his cot, with comical quotes attributed

Background imageComical Collection: WW2 Comic Illustrations

WW2 Comic Illustrations
A pair of comical WW2 illustrations showing an airman attempting to tighten up a loose wheel mid flight, the second scene depicts a pair of worried faces as the men watch their aircraft's tail

Background imageComical Collection: Dig! Dig! Dig! (To Victory)

Dig! Dig! Dig! (To Victory)
An illustrated WW2 music sheet cover for Dig! Dig! Dig! (To Victory) by Joe Norton and Billy Bath. Featured by Charles Penrose, who can be seen with a comical facial expression

Background imageComical Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Interception

WW2 Christmas Card, Interception
A comical WW2 Christmas greetings card, the illustration portrays three Royal Air Force men enjoying a game of darts, one of them foolishly enacts an itnerception by stepping in the way

Background imageComical Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Put Out That Light!

WW2 Christmas Card, Put Out That Light!
A comical WW2 Christmas greetings card, the illustration depicts a scene in which an Air Raid Precautions warden demands that Sanda Claus puts out his light. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageComical Collection: WW2 Birthday Card, Keep Your Head In!

WW2 Birthday Card, Keep Your Head In!
A comical WW2 birthday greetings card which shows a conservation between a pilot and an airman as they fly a British plane. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageComical Collection: At the Theatre, comical depiction of audience members

At the Theatre, comical depiction of audience members Date: circa 1850s

Background imageComical Collection: D. & W. Gibbs Advertisement Photograph

D. & W. Gibbs Advertisement Photograph
A comical photograph used for the advertisement of D. & W. Gibbs Ltd, portraying two young men wrestling, one pulling up the nostrils of the other. Since I first learned to bite! Date: circa 1939

Background imageComical Collection: Illustration, Knights at Arms, boys fighting

Illustration, Knights at Arms, boys fighting using household objects Date: 1930s

Background imageComical Collection: Hold hard, you have forgot the Lady, Cumnock-Dumfries Coach

Hold hard, you have forgot the Lady, Cumnock-Dumfries Coach
Hold hard, you have forgot the Lady, Cumnock to Dumfries Coach, by C B Newhouse Date: 1845

Background imageComical Collection: Place card, man with flat cap and pipe

Place card, man with flat cap and pipe



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