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Background imageRidiculous Collection: Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson

Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson
An interesting and elegant apparatus designed to overcome once for all the difficulties of conveying green peas to the mouth

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Some Difficult Camping Grounds by Heath Robinson

Some Difficult Camping Grounds by Heath Robinson
A variety of impractical and in some cases, downright ridiculous locations to pitch a tent, including on stilts in a lake, across a stream, in a field of angry bulls and on a steep rocky pinnacle

Background imageRidiculous Collection: The Lost Ball - Heath Robinson Cartoon

The Lost Ball - Heath Robinson Cartoon
The Lost Ball. Golfers try in vain to retrieve a lost ball in a lake on a golf course. It appears that a passing fish has swallowed it!

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Hop Scotch Maggie - Frae Bonnie Scotland

Hop Scotch Maggie - Frae Bonnie Scotland. Comic postcard - satire on the penchant for women to wear large and enveloping hats during this period

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Overseas students demonstrating over fees, London

Overseas students demonstrating over fees, London
Students from Hong Kong, studying at Queen Mary College, demonstrating outside their government's London office, December 1980

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Gentlemens fashions, 1853. Two small boys in the street have a chuckle at a man s

Gentlemens fashions, 1853. Two small boys in the street have a chuckle at a man s
Gentlemens fashions, 1853. Two small boys in the street have a chuckle at a mans outrageously-patterned waistcoat. Ho! Crikey Charlie! If ere ain t a ge man with a lot o hadders a crawlin hover im

Background imageRidiculous Collection: A band, most of whom are wearing disguise of heavy eyebrows and moustaches

A band, most of whom are wearing disguise of heavy eyebrows and moustaches, presumably a gimmick during a performance, or just for the hell of it

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Sublime and Ridiculous

Sublime and Ridiculous
A days fishing. Artist: Sydney Carter. Date: circa 1905

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, Sliding on Thin Ice (Roman Catholicism)

Cartoon, Sliding on Thin Ice (Roman Catholicism)
Cartoon, Sliding on Thin Ice -- a satirical comment on the Roman Catholic Church, the Popes claim to infallibility, and the attraction of High-Church Protestant Anglo-Catholics towards Catholicism

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)

Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)
Cartoon, Political Kidnapping -- a satirical comment on the transfer of the electoral reform initiative from the Liberals (Lord John Russell) to the Conservatives (Lord Derby)

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction (Reform)

Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction (Reform)
Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction -- a satirical comment on parliamentary disagreements between Gladstone and Disraeli over the latters Reform Bill. 1867

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, Lodger Franchise v Dual Voting! (Disraeli)

Cartoon, Lodger Franchise v Dual Voting! (Disraeli)
Cartoon, Lodger Franchise v Dual Voting! A satirical comment on the arguments surrounding the extension of the franchise in Disraelis Reform Bill

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, The Belle of the Season (Russell and Reform)

Cartoon, The Belle of the Season (Russell and Reform)
Cartoon, The Belle of the Season -- a satirical comment on Lord John Russells promise that reform measures will be taken in the next parliamentary session

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Cartoon, The Dispatch of Business (Disraeli and Gladstone)

Cartoon, The Dispatch of Business (Disraeli and Gladstone)
Cartoon, The Dispatch of Business -- a satirical comment on the conflicting approaches of Benjamin Disraeli (Conservative) and William Gladstone (Liberal) to electoral reform. Date: 1866

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Ebury waterproof shooting and fishing garment

Ebury waterproof shooting and fishing garment
1931 advert for the Ebury Ideal Waterproof Shooting and Fishing Garment, consisting of cape and overalls, and a waterproof bag for carrying the outfit

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Henry Irving as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

Henry Irving as Malvolio in Twelfth Night
Henry Irving(1838-1905), actor, pictured here as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Do we need the Actress?. Mr Huntley Wright at Home Date: 1904

Do we need the Actress?. Mr Huntley Wright at Home Date: 1904
" Do we need the Actress?". Mr Huntley Wright at Home Date: 1904

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Do we need the Actress?. Mr Edgar Atchison-Ely in Rational Dress. Date: 1904

Do we need the Actress?. Mr Edgar Atchison-Ely in Rational Dress. Date: 1904
" Do we need the Actress?". Mr Edgar Atchison-Ely in Rational Dress. Date: 1904

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Fashionable Style - Massive hat with feather adornment

Fashionable Style - Massive hat with feather adornment
Fashionable Bulgarian Style - Pretty model wearing a massive hat with Ostrich Feathers adornment, shaped almost like eagles wings!! She is enjoying a glass of something strong

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Big Hat - A Martyr to fashion

Big Hat - A Martyr to fashion
A young girl who is clearly a Martyr to Fashion. Comic postcard - satire on the penchant for women to wear large and enveloping hats during this period. Date: circa 1910

Background imageRidiculous Collection: I d like to Swagger All My Life

I d like to Swagger All My Life - But I ll have to be trotting back to work next week confund it. Comic Postcard - satire on the penchant for women to wear large

Background imageRidiculous Collection: The Whole Family up-to-date - Swagger Style

The Whole Family up-to-date - Swagger Style. Comic Postcard - satire on the penchant for women to wear large and enveloping hats durng this period. Date: 1912

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Fashionable Edwardian Swagger Style - Gentlemans Hat

Fashionable Edwardian Swagger Style - Gentlemans Hat
Fashionable Edwardian Swagger Style - Gent wearing an all-enveloping hat - a mild satire on the penchant for women (and men) to wear large and enveloping hats during this period. Date: 1909

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Jcp Bonaparte / Punch 1883

Jcp Bonaparte / Punch 1883
JOSEPH-CHARLES-PAUL BONAPARTE Prince Napoleon, nicknamed Plon-Plon, made fun of by France for his manifesto

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Science Jottings by Dr W. Heath Robinson II

Science Jottings by Dr W. Heath Robinson II
II Testing gold with the uncle magnet at the mint. Typically ridiculous invention by Heath Robinson showing men at the Royal Mint testing gold by holding a pawn brokers sign nearby. Date: 1909

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Martin Luther (1483-1546) and his wife Katharina von Bora (1

Martin Luther (1483-1546) and his wife Katharina von Bora (1
Martin Luther (1483-1546). German reformer. Caricature of Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora (1499-1552). History of France, 1881. Colored engraving

Background imageRidiculous Collection: A Tale of Two Tanks by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon

A Tale of Two Tanks by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon
A wartime cartoon by William Heath Robinson showing two tanks charging into battle, only to crash head on, fly conjoined into the air and fall to earth, shattered into pieces. Date: 1917

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Illustration, Rumpelstiltskin

Illustration, Rumpelstiltskin -- In front of the house a fire was burning, and an indescribably ridiculous little man was hopping on one leg and singing. Date: 1909

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Pulling a ridiculous expression

Pulling a ridiculous expression
A German man pulls a ridiculous, daft, absurd and frankly rather manic facial expression! Date: circa 1910s

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Christmas Preparations - In Heath Robinsonland

Christmas Preparations - In Heath Robinsonland
No. 2 - Training a young wait. Blasting a trumpet player with wind and rain so he is prepared for all weathers once he goes Christmas carolling. Date: 1909

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Extravagances of 1834. By Cesar Bacle (1794-1838). Lithograp

Extravagances of 1834. By Cesar Bacle (1794-1838). Lithograp
Costumes and Customs. Extravagances of 1834. By Cesar Hipolito Bacle (1794-1838). Isaac Fernandez Blanco Latin American Art Museum. Buenos Aires. Argentina

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Caricature of Dion Boucicault and three other actors

Caricature of Dion Boucicault and three other actors
Caricature of Dion Boucicault (?1820-1890), Irish actor and playwright -- Address to the Players. Indicating a poster behind him

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Stupendous Chignon

Stupendous Chignon
CHIGNONS: A fashion conscious woman, no doubt employing a prodigious amount of false hair, sports a large chignon. Her horse likewise is completely chignoned! Date: 1866

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Thomas Cooke

Thomas Cooke, the miser of Islington, and his wife who he married for her wealth : together they lived a life of ridiculous parsimony, suspicious of everyone Date: 1726 - 1811

Background imageRidiculous Collection: A Loving God ?

A Loving God ?
A loving God ? The idea is ridiculous ! Date: 1904

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Man pulling pram and children uphill, c. 1820

Man pulling pram and children uphill, c. 1820
A rotund gentleman struggles to pull his two children in a pram uphill as his over-dressed wife follows on behind. The children look like they are rather enjoying this experience

Background imageRidiculous Collection: The New Mortar for Bridging Chasms, Heath Robinson WW1

The New Mortar for Bridging Chasms, Heath Robinson WW1
America in the Field - The new mortar for bridging chasms. A line of American soldiers traverse a chasm chained on wheeled chairs to a shell sent flying into the air

Background imageRidiculous Collection: War-Time Economies Saving Breath, WW1 Heath Robinson

War-Time Economies Saving Breath, WW1 Heath Robinson
War-Time Economies from Heath Robinson - to Save Your Breath. The Penny-in-the-Slot machine for blowing out candles. Wartime savings taken to ridiculous lengths by William Heath Robinson who suggests

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Group of men holding snow

Group of men holding snow near Doveholes, Derbyshire in January 1908. A delightful picture showing that Edwardians had a much greater sense of the ridiculous than is traditionally believed. Date: 1908

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Fashions of 1773

Fashions of 1773
A satire on dandyish fashions of 1773. A Macaroni gentleman wearing a ridiculously long wig in which the hair is tied in a bundle down his back

Background imageRidiculous Collection: May Day - Clown Entertains Russian Crowd

May Day - Clown Entertains Russian Crowd
As part of the 1921 May-Day celebrations in St. Petersburg a deranged looking, pig-riding clown entertains the pleasantly bemused crowds. Date: 1st May 1921

Background imageRidiculous Collection: A scarecrow, 1793

A scarecrow, 1793
A scarecrow of 1793 - a woman wearing a fashionable, but ridiculed, high-waisted gown (with watch fob) which makes it appear that her legs begin under her bosom

Background imageRidiculous Collection: The Gentle Art of Excavating - Latest Type of Grab Crane

The Gentle Art of Excavating - Latest Type of Grab Crane
The latest type of grab crane clearing out a small pond on Hampstead Heath. A typically rickety and convoluted crane goes through the ridiculous process of clearing out a tiny pond on Hampstead

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Football Terms Illustrated - Well Collared

Football Terms Illustrated - Well Collared!. Two smart Gents (Dedicated Followers of Fashion!) in really rather ridiculous starched collars, stroll arm in arm down Park Lane past Marble Arch

Background imageRidiculous 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 imageRidiculous Collection: A wagon laden with remarkable giant cabbages

A wagon laden with remarkable giant cabbages
Giant Cabbages - freshly picked..... Possibly a bit of creative photography, although you never know....! Date: 1910

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Transformation of three ridiculous laughs

Transformation of three ridiculous laughs. Print shows a priest addressing a nobleman and a lady in waiting on a roadway, next to a tree, with the sun setting in the background

Background imageRidiculous Collection: Our Local Express (2 / 2)

Our Local Express (2 / 2)
A satirical look at an express train service (2/2 - see 10425389). 1907



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