Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

With 150 Years of Cartoons Online, You Can Now Punch Up Your Work

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

With 150 Years of Cartoons Online, You Can Now Punch Up Your Work

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A digital archive of the satirical magazine is now available to researchers. Matthew Reisz writes

The complete archive of one of the world's most famous comic magazines is now available in fully searchable digital form.

Published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, the Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992 consists of 200,000 pages. "That's not just all the weekly issues," explained academic adviser Clare Horrocks, senior lecturer in humanities at Liverpool John Moores University, "but the Christmas almanac and special supplements, too -it's very much about the complete Punch brand identity. It opens up a wealth of material that has never been studied before."

Dr Horrocks has used the magazine to look at public health campaigns. Others she knows have researched topics as diverse as Italian organ grinders; smoke taxes and pollution; and the cult of "the athletic and muscular" revealed in the growing popularity of rowing and cricket.

By the early 20th century, she added, Punch "engages in much debate on women's suffrage, women's participation in sport and education, often lampooning both sides. There is a big debate among historians about why it was so patriotic during World War One -was the editor, Owen Seaman, officially instructed to keep the home fires burning? …

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