Deceiving the invader as to the state of the tide
Illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944); part of a series of humorous illustrations he produced for the Sketch during World War II. British beach goers perch nonchalantly on stilts at the seaside, pretending the tide is low, resulting in the Nazi landing parties disembarking in the deep water and drowning. Robinson was a regular contributor to the Sketch, the Bystander and other ILN titles during his lifetime. His weekly drawings featuring mind-boggling contraptions and designs were immensely popular. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
© Mary Evans Picture Library 2015 - https://copyrighthub.org/s0/hub1/creation/maryevans/MaryEvansPictureID/10271607
Popular song 'Goodbye Dolly'
A woman in despair over her drowning soldier husband who whilst rowing broke an oar and fell into the water. Realising his fate he bids fond farewell to his wife, Dolly. A postcard illustrating the lyrics of William D. Cobb (1876-1930) who wrote the song 'Goodbye Dolly Gray' which was written during the Spanish American war in 1898 but gained wide spread popularity during the Boer War. Date: 1903
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Swimming a Witch
The art of 'Swimming' a witch. The lady floating is the witch, who by dint of her buoyancy has 'failed' the test. At the bottom right-hand corner you can see the feet of the woman who 'passed' the test but who did not necessarily survive the experience! Date: 16th century
© Mary Evans / Ian Evans Collection
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