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Laughter Collection

Background imageLaughter Collection: A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman

A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman
Someone elses table - a little impression, by H. M. Bateman. A game of billiards descends into raucous laughter as one player accidentally rips a hole in the green baize. Date: 1918

Background imageLaughter Collection: Gran pops Shadow Show by Lawson Wood

Gran pops Shadow Show by Lawson Wood
Three little monkeys chuckle with glee as Gran pop, the orang utan character created by artist Lawson Wood entertains them with a shadow puppet show. Date: 1935

Background imageLaughter Collection: A Feathered Bonzo - cover of the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio

A Feathered Bonzo - cover of the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio
Colour frontispiece of The Bonzo Book being the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio featuring Bonzo, the canine creation of artist George Studdy

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Girl who ordered a glass of milk at the Cafe Royal

The Girl who ordered a glass of milk at the Cafe Royal
Illustration by H. M. Bateman showing a blushing young woman regretting her decision to order a glass of milk in Londons fashionable Cafe Royal because of the laughter

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Ghost Train, travel on the thrills and laughter line

The Ghost Train, travel on the thrills and laughter line
The Ghost Train, Do you feel like Nothing on Earth? Then there is an Express reason why you should see The Ghost Train with a real Bogey

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Admission by H. M. Bateman

The Admission by H. M. Bateman
A courtroom erupts into laughter as a defendant in a witness box admits the truth. Date: 1931

Background imageLaughter Collection: King George VI and Princess Elizabeth

King George VI and Princess Elizabeth
King George VI (1896 - 1952) shares a joke with his elder daughter, Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II). Date: 1946

Background imageLaughter Collection: Sport / Swimming / Pools

Sport / Swimming / Pools
Swimming and relaxing at the swimming pool on board the luxury German cruise liner " The Bremen"

Background imageLaughter Collection: David Lloyd-George (1863-1945) speaking in Rochdale, 1923

David Lloyd-George (1863-1945) speaking in Rochdale, 1923
Photograph of David Lloyd-George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, the Welsh Liberal statesman, addressing a large crowd at Rochdale during the election campaign of 1923

Background imageLaughter Collection: Profile portrait of beared Indian man

Profile portrait of beared Indian man
Profile portrait of mature Indian man with grey beard. He wears an orange turban and has a lined face. The photograph was taken in Old Delhi and the background is dark Date: 1986

Background imageLaughter Collection: British King George VI with Princess Elizabeth - laughter

British King George VI with Princess Elizabeth - laughter
British Royal Family. British King George VI, sharing a joke with Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, England. Date: 1946

Background imageLaughter Collection: Merthyr Tydfil boys playing

Merthyr Tydfil boys playing
Two boys play on a bench above the steel works (now closed) at Merthyr Tydfil. Vintage black and white image. First published The Sunday Times c1989 1989

Background imageLaughter Collection: We Care for Nobody, No Not We by Florence Hardy

We Care for Nobody, No Not We by Florence Hardy
Delightful postcard featuring three dancing children dressed in clown and Pierrot costumes

Background imageLaughter Collection: Dacia

Dacia
A portrait sketch of Jamaica born actress, Dacia Deane, 1899-1989, known for playing roles in movies including Love, Life and Laughter, (1923) and Easy Virtue (1928). Date: 1921

Background imageLaughter Collection: Edythe Baker, pianist, piano concert for troops at Banbury

Edythe Baker, pianist, piano concert for troops at Banbury
Edythe Baker, pianist (1899-1971), photograph of piano concert for troops at Banbury, Oxfordshire, with baby grand piano, union flag and troops in audience

Background imageLaughter Collection: Man sitting down on a startled cat in his chair

Man sitting down on a startled cat in his chair and being scolded by an old woman. Miseries Domestic. Handcoloured copperplate engraving designed

Background imageLaughter Collection: Regency cobbler mending shoes in a crowded room

Regency cobbler mending shoes in a crowded room
Regency cobbler mending shoes in a room full of women and children. Buxom wife using bellows on the fire in the hearth. Handcoloured copperplate engraving designed

Background imageLaughter Collection: Man pinned to a door by the horns of an enraged ox

Man pinned to a door by the horns of an enraged ox
Man pinned up to a door round the neck by the horns of an enraged over-driven ox. More Miseries. Handcoloured copperplate engraving designed

Background imageLaughter Collection: Regency man with a cudgel riding a horse prone to tumbling

Regency man with a cudgel riding a horse prone to tumbling. In the background, a woman falls off a horse with panniers. The Tumbler, or its Affinities

Background imageLaughter Collection: English huntsman fording a river with fox hounds

English huntsman fording a river with fox hounds, 19th century. Facey Romford urging his horse up the opposite river bank. Captain Spurrier cut down by Romford

Background imageLaughter Collection: Johnnys Pa soaked by an Elephant at the Zoo

Johnnys Pa soaked by an Elephant at the Zoo
Comic Postcard - Johnnys Pa - Johnnys Pa takes the children to the Zoo (and gets a little more than he was bargaining for...!). Date: 1907

Background imageLaughter Collection: Gloriously joyous photograph showing three women on the beach

Gloriously joyous photograph showing three women on the beach. While two younger women in their swimming costumes giggle as they pose in front of a beach hut

Background imageLaughter Collection: Five Bonzos laugh as a small black kitten takes their bone

Five Bonzos laugh as a small black kitten takes their bone
Five Bonzos laugh as a small black kitten wanders off with their bone! 1923

Background imageLaughter Collection: Five Bonzos roll about chasing a kitten who chases a mouse

Five Bonzos roll about chasing a kitten who chases a mouse
Five Bonzos roll about chasing a kitten who is chasing a mouse! 1923

Background imageLaughter Collection: Pancake Scramble watched by Royal Family, Westminster School

Pancake Scramble watched by Royal Family, Westminster School
In March 1919, the Royal Family went to Westminster School to see the famous scramble for the largest piece of the pancake tossed by the chef and to hand the winner a sovereign

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Patsy, comedy, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Patsy, comedy, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Save your laughs for The Patsy, a three-act comedy by Barry Conners at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. circa 1930s

Background imageLaughter Collection: Naughy boy, Dublin street

Naughy boy, Dublin street
A mischievous small boy laughs as he sits on the kerb of the footpath in a Dublin Street, Ireland Date: 1990

Background imageLaughter Collection: Man with fish, Bangkok

Man with fish, Bangkok
A man with tattooed arms and chest smiles happily after catching a fish for his dinner in a Bangkok canal, Thailand Date: circa 1985

Background imageLaughter Collection: Happy lady boat driver, Bangkok

Happy lady boat driver, Bangkok
Portrait of a happy ferry woman with straw hat steering her long tail boat though the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand Date: circa 1985

Background imageLaughter Collection: Seaside shelter fun, Great Yarmouth

Seaside shelter fun, Great Yarmouth
Old people in a seaside shelter in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, read newspapers, laugh and sleep. One lady holds a Daily Mirror with the dealine Sex Bomb, First published The Sunday Times Date: 1988

Background imageLaughter Collection: Jolly old lady Whitby

Jolly old lady Whitby
Happy old lady on a winter day on the beach at Whitby, North Yorkshire. The pier head light is in the background. Image first appeared in The Sunday Times Date: circa 1988

Background imageLaughter Collection: Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, also known as Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto, oil on canvas (1891) by Ilya Repin

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Tatler front cover - Christmas Number 1937

The Tatler front cover - Christmas Number 1937
Front cover of The Tatler magazines Christmas number featuring a jester laughing heartily. Date: 1937

Background imageLaughter Collection: Beaver by George Studdy

Beaver by George Studdy
Bonzo and his brother spot a King Beaver. Bonzo, the comic canine creation of George Studdy roars (or yelps) with laughter at a passing Griffon breed of dog

Background imageLaughter Collection: Edward VIII - laughing

Edward VIII - laughing
The Prince of Wales, future King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972), laughing in country attire of tweed suit (with plus fours) and flat cap

Background imageLaughter Collection: Dora Bryan at a party

Dora Bryan at a party
Actress Dora Bryan (1923-2014), " the dolly of Drury Lane", laughs with a guest at a party she was throwing, backstage at the Theatre Royal

Background imageLaughter Collection: WW1 - Brother, Sister and partners before outbreak of war

WW1 - Brother, Sister and partners before outbreak of war
A poignant and touching photograph taken on the eve of the First World War as two couples (a brother and sister (far left and second from right)

Background imageLaughter Collection: A Nightmare

A Nightmare
Ho(a)rse laughter - a study in a horses facial expressions and a bit of a nightmare. Date: 1930s

Background imageLaughter Collection: Fun in the Sea at Blankenberge, Belgium

Fun in the Sea at Blankenberge, Belgium - a Belgian coastal town with a long beach and promenade, plus a busy marina. Some very fine bathing hats on show! Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLaughter Collection: The Sunshine Girl by Paul Rubens

The Sunshine Girl by Paul Rubens
Promotional postcard for The Sunshine Girl by Paul Rubens & Cecil Raleigh; music Paul Rubens. First produced at the Gaiety Theatre, 24th February 1912

Background imageLaughter Collection: Nothing But The Truth by James Montgomery

Nothing But The Truth by James Montgomery
Promotional postcard for Nothing But The Truth by James Montgomery. First produced in England at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 28th January and Savoy Theatre

Background imageLaughter Collection: Medorah by Rupert Hazell

Medorah by Rupert Hazell
Promotional postcard for Medorah adapted by Rupert Hazell from the American musical romance by Denn Spranklin; music Vada Ennem.. First produced at the Alhambra Theatre, 22nd January 1920

Background imageLaughter Collection: McKennas Flirtation by Edgar Selden

McKennas Flirtation by Edgar Selden
Inside pages of a promotional flyer for McKennas Flirtation by Edgar Selden. First produced at the Opera House, Coventry, 1st August 1892

Background imageLaughter Collection: Joy-Land by Albert de Courville and Wal Pink

Joy-Land by Albert de Courville and Wal Pink
Promotional postcard for Joy-Land revue by Albert de Courville and Wal Pink; music Herman Darewski. First produced at the London Hippodrome, 23rd December 1915

Background imageLaughter Collection: Betty Balfour in Love, Life & Laughter (1923)

Betty Balfour in Love, Life & Laughter (1923) directed by George Pearson Date: 1923

Background imageLaughter Collection: Mongrel puppy with a sheepdog in the park

Mongrel puppy with a sheepdog in the park. Date: 1914

Background imageLaughter Collection: Mongrel puppy with three dogs in the park

Mongrel puppy with three dogs in the park -- they laugh when he tells them he is a bloodhound. Date: 1914

Background imageLaughter Collection: Game at Butlins Holiday Camp, 1966

Game at Butlins Holiday Camp, 1966
A game which appears to involve a group of hysterical ladies doing press ups much to the amusement of everyone present at an unidentified Butlins Holiday Camp in 1966. Date: 1966



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