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1949: Describing the economy in a nutshell

The spiv is easily identified by the hat and the shape of his suit. His nylons are almost certainly not genuine. But his comment reflects a real issue concerning the way the country was being run. Nationalisation was the then preferred answer to the nationís post-war problems. There were critics not all of whom were as self-interested as the spiv flogging dodgy goods.


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09-06-2018, 09:36 AM
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1947: Most important news

The ship is sinking but knowing the football results is still of paramount importance.


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10-06-2018, 09:38 AM
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1948: English Literature

This is not satire. I suppose the humour lies in the fact that the two women would not have used that word: immortalised.


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1948: Surrealism

It would have needed a great deal of persuasion to get ĎMr Dalií to make a matching pair for his surreal art. Symmetry is the very antithesis of surrealism


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12-06-2018, 09:38 AM
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1947: The arch villain

The cat has masked its eyes in order to exemplify its evil intent. I donít think any milk deliveries in 1947 involved a horse drawn delivery. Milk contained in glass! I remember it well!


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1956: Canine bed warmers

These dogs arenít going to stay in place for long!


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1956: Medical malpractice

Doctors arenít supposed to do this sort of thing!


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1950 French Grammar

I suppose these women are teachers. At least they didnít expect the waiters to understand English. Shouting English at foreigners was often the standard form of behaviour. These days it often works.


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1950 French Grammar

I suppose these women are teachers. At least they didnít expect the waiters to understand English. Shouting English at foreigners was often the standard form of behaviour. These days it often works.
Indeed. More foreigners understand English than care to admit it, especially the French for some reason!
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1955: Super Rich and French!

This is satire, pure and simple. She chooses to be seen with the dog that best matches her new English tweed coat.

By 1955 it was already somewhat unusual for Punch to expect its readers to understand French. Up to 1945 it was quite normal. No mass circulation media outlet would do so today.


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