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Irony Collection (#2)

Background imageIrony Collection: WW1 - Germans in Poland

WW1 - Germans in Poland
WW1 - Illustrating the reality and irony behind German intentions as they arrive in Poland. The Germans " words and deeds", as seen in the poster displayed by the Kaiser

Background imageIrony Collection: Cartoon, When I am tired of business worries

Cartoon, When I am tired of business worries
Cartoon showing a man with his fishing line caught up on a plant -- When I am tired of business worries I usually go fishing. Date: 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: Seaside scene, Saucy Sue

Seaside scene, Saucy Sue, showing a far from saucy woman in masculine-style clothes, sitting on a beach reading a book on Ethics, while children play in the sea in the background. Date: July 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: India - Christian Convert and a Pariah

India - Christian Convert and a Pariah
A man from the low pariah class of Southern India converted (to English life) wearing a suit, alongside an unconverted man from the same caste - both remain outsiders to Indian society

Background imageIrony Collection: Very un-stuck-up woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters

Very un-stuck-up woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters
" Gracious me. But, ain t you the stuck up thing!" Very un-stuck-up American woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters Date: 1908

Background imageIrony Collection: WW2 - Comic Postcard - Where to put Cookery Books?

WW2 - Comic Postcard - Where to put Cookery Books?
WW2 Rationing - Humour - Where shall we put the old-time Cookery Books? Fiction or Humour ?! Date: circa 1944

Background imageIrony Collection: WWI - French drive the Prussians back into the Marne

WWI - French drive the Prussians back into the Marne
WWI - The failure of the Turkish Krupp cannon against the French Creussot cannon - French propaganda postcard, so this need be taken with a moderate dosage of salt... Date: 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: Ragged British Family Carol Singing - Christmas

Ragged British Family Carol Singing - Christmas - this card bears the title: " I still work for the same firm - Wife and four kids" !! Date: circa 1910s

Background imageIrony Collection: Irony of a sweet child wearing an HMS Furious cap

Irony of a sweet child wearing an HMS Furious cap
HMS Furious - somewhat ironic picture showing an old soldier and the least likely ilor of the HMS Furious, a sweet little child in a sailor suit. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: Scruffy Street Tough advertising The Ladies Idol

Scruffy Street Tough advertising The Ladies Idol
Humorous ironic cartoon by Phil May, depicting a scruffy, unattractive street tough advertising The Ladies Idol at The Vaudeville Theatre. Date: 1895

Background imageIrony Collection: Very tatty sandwichboard man advertises smart Gents suits

Very tatty sandwichboard man advertises smart Gents suits
Visual irony of a very tatty sandwich board man advertising a Gentleman Tailor and his smart suits, retailing for 12/6. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: Two extremely ragged men reading a smart fashion magazine

Two extremely ragged men reading a smart fashion magazine. Bill Snooks (reading from a fashion paper) - " To be really well dressed

Background imageIrony Collection: Old Man with pair of wooden legs advertising corn plasters

Old Man with pair of wooden legs advertising corn plasters
Very black humour - An Old Man with a pair of prosthetic false legs advertising corn plasters! Date: 1895

Background imageIrony Collection: Irony - fat Londoner begs for money for his starving family

Irony - fat Londoner begs for money for his starving family
A rather fat Londoner begs for " a copper" for his " starving wife and family at ome" fom a smart gent (Phil May himself - clearly seeing the ludicrous side of the request!)

Background imageIrony Collection: Poor street magazine seller and child

Poor street magazine seller and child
A poor ragged woman with a very beaten-up face pictured ironically selling the magazine Larks on the street whilst clutching her infant child Date: circ 1898

Background imageIrony Collection: Two ragged street women disgust respectability

Two ragged street women disgust respectability
In the Bars and Streets. Cartoon drawing by Phil May depicting two poor ragged street women disgusting another who they describe, with no hint of the obvious irony, as " not respectable"

Background imageIrony Collection: Popular song Goodbye Dolly

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

Background imageIrony Collection: LCC-LFB Serious fire at Prudential building, Holborn

LCC-LFB Serious fire at Prudential building, Holborn
Two firefighters view the fire poster at the Prudential Assurance Company building in High Holborn WC1, shortly after extinguishing a major fire there

Background imageIrony Collection: Shadow drawing. C. H. Bennett, A Native

Shadow drawing. C. H. Bennett, A Native
A Native of these islands. This scruffy, dirty looking but contented old character is apparently a stranger to soap and water, which is ironic as he casts the perfect shadow of a wash basin and jug



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