Friday, June 21, 2013

Print of the Day: "Who said we looked unhappy?"

Britain, c. 1890-1910
The Victoria & Albert Museum 
George Speaight Punch and Judy Archive

This postcard from the George Speaight Punch & Judy Archive illustrates a scene of Mr. Punch and Judy and dates to the late Nineteenth Century to early Twentieth Century.  This is one of a series portraying Mr. Punch in various scenes from the traditional puppet play.

Each of the postcards in the series features the image of Mr. Punch as a cut-out which can be manipulated by moving a paper handle. In this scene, he is playing a lute for his wife.  The card is captioned, “Who said we looked unhappy?” in reference to their famous spats which usually end with the death of Mrs. Punch.  

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