A Suggestion to Wembley: why Not an All-Bonzo Pageant?
This illustration shows an idea for The British Empire Exhibition that was held at Wembley in 1924. George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948) was the creator of 'Bonzo', a small dog with saucer-like eyes and indiscriminate breeding who first appeared in the Sketch in 1922. The 'Bonzo' craze swept the world resulting in postcards, annuals, toys and other merchandise. Studdy also produced a large body of work for the Sketch before and after Bonzo including his later creation, Ooloo the cat. His early cartoon dogs were simply known as the 'Studdy Dog' until readers demanded a name and Bruce Ingram, the ILN editor, suggested his immortal moniker. Credit should read: Estate of George Studdy/Gresham Marketing Ltd./ILN/Mary Evan"
© Estate of George Studdy/Gresham Marketing Ltd./ILN/Mary Evans
A suggestion for a festive, post-war Trafalgar Square
Picture illustrating a suggestion for a post-war Christmas festival to be held in Trafalgar Square which for four years had been a centre for wartime recruitment and fundraising. The Sphere magazine suggests illuminated Christmas trees and garlands of coloured lights and writes, 'a music festival would be very welcome.' Date: 1918
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Charles Edward, 2nd Duke of Albany
Charles Edward, 2nd Duke of Albany, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1884-1954), as a member of the Borussia Corps of Bonn University in about 1904. The Borussia Corps was open only to students of the highest rank. Members spent their time drinking and fencing, and one of their proudest achievements was a duelling scar: in 1904 Charles Edward ('Charlie') received a scar on the forehead. Charlie became Duke of Saxe-Coburg in 1899. Prince Alfred's only son had died and although the succession naturally passed to Prince Arthur and then his son, they declined and so Charlie was was uprooted from Eton and England at the age of thirteen and sent to Germany, despite hardly knowing the language. At the Kaiser's suggestion he was sent to Lichterfield military academy at Potsdam and he went on from there to Bonn. He inherited the Coburg title a week after his sixteenth birthday.
© Charlotte Zeepvat/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library