FIRST WORLD WAR PROPAGANDA ISSUES OF PUNCH
numerous cartoons, artists including Bernard Partridge, L. Raven Hill, F.H. Townsend, "Fougasse" Kenneth Bird, & H.M. Bateman, 6 complete years, together12 biannual vols, 4to. original pictorial cloth, gilt, uneavenly faded, some little wear,
Punch during the First World War, reflected from the very first bullet, the mood and temper of the British People. For Propaganda it was in the forefront with its Prose, Poetry and Illustration of that conflict.
Nothing could have been so strong, uncomfortable and emotive as Bernard Partridge's "Cartoons" during the invasion of Belgium in August 1914. His depiction in the 23rd August issue of a German Officer, with banner in one hand and a smoking gun in the other, standing over a dead Belgian family amidst the ruins of Louvian, or on October 21st "Unconquerable" of the Kaiser to the King of the Belgians amidst the ruins of his country "So, you see - you've lost everything" to which the King replies "Not my soul". These were the searchlights on the emotions and anger felt by the British. Owen Seaman, the editor during the War, was Knighted in 1914. For these first few months of the War, his magazines patriotism, and sometimes brutal honesty while maintaining the "humour and satire" of its' founder, can only have been the reason. His own poetry along with others including E.V. Knox, whilst never ranked amongst the great war poets, is essentially British, declaimable and Middle Church. The year after the War, 1919, also demonstrated the ability of this Great Editor, to reflectively steer Punch through the crisis of the Peace of Versailles, the Demobilization, Strikes and Financial Crises. He became a Baronet in 1932 and was succeeded as editor by E.V. Knox, "Evoe" who also contributed to these Wartime issues.
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