Sample Searches from the Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992


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First World War

New Technology

Public Health and the Environment

Social Change

The Battle of Shanghai



First World War



                                             If the Kaiser were to edit "Punch": a German "Punch" Dinner; January 01, 1916

Search ‘Germany’ and ‘Belgium’ in entire document, AFTER 1913 = 241 results

Title: DIARY OF A KAISER
Details:  September 09, 1914; pg. 214

Title: UNWRITTEN LETTERS TO THE KAISER
Details: Dietrich; October 14, 1914; pg. 310

Title: IN DARKEST GERMANY
Details: Evoe; October 28, 1914; pg. 358

Title: HUMOUR IN SCOTLAND
Details: May 26, 1915; pg. 414


Bethmann-Hollweg: “And to think that I, who defended the violation of Belgium, should have my honesty doubted. Surely I am frightful enough.” Unmade in Germany; F.H. Townsend; January 31, 1917

Search ‘Trench*’ as a keyword, AFTER 1913 = 270 results

Title: MINOR WAR GAINS
Details: December 16, 1914; pg. 501

Title: PUNCH IN THE TRENCHES
Details: December 30, 1914; pg. 545

Title: THE TROJAN HORSE OUTDONE
Details: March 31, 1915; pg. 250

Title: THE WISE THRUSH
Details: May 05, 1915; pg. 356


Some of our Soldiers, who were within seventy yards of the German trenches, hoisted an improvised target. The Germans did the same. Both sides signalled the results of the shooting.
First Tommy: “Get down! Do you want ‘em to cop yer?”
Second Tommy: “Blimy! The perishers signalled by bill a miss, and I’m just agoin’ to ‘op over an’ tell ‘em abaht it.”
Tales from the Trenches; A. Wallis Mills; October 28, 1914; pg. 363


British Tommy (returning to trench in which he had lately been fighting, now temporarily occupied by the enemy): “Excuse me – any of you blighters seen my pipe?” British Tommy; January 20, 1915; pg. 54

Search ‘Submarine’ AND ‘America’ in entire document, AFTER 1913 = 105 results


Sinbad the Kaiser: “This submarine business is going to get me into trouble with America; but what can an all-powerful do with a thing like this on his back?”; The Old Man of the Sea; L. Raven-Hill; July 21, 1915

Title: THE NAVY IN A NUTSHELL
Details: November 24, 1915; pg. 422

Title: A LETTER FROM NEW YORK
Details: August 22, 1917; pg. 131

Title: STUDIES IN GERMAN WIRELESS
Details: May 01, 1918; pg. 274

Search ‘Armistice’ in entire document, ON 1918 = 33 results

Title: MORE SECRET DIPLOMACY
Details: January 09, 1918; pg. 21

Title: HEART-TO-HEART TALKS
Details: October 16, 1918; pg. 258

Title: HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Details: November 13. 1918; pg. 310


                                                                   Dougal: “The news is no sae baad the day.”
                                                                   Donal: “Ay – it’s improvin’.”
                                                                   Armistice Day in the North; F.H. Townsend; November 27, 1918; pg. 351

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New Technology



                                                             “150 Years of Invention”; Ian Jackson; July 17, 1991; pg. 108-109

Search ‘Submarine Telegraph’ OR ‘Atlantic Telegraph’ in entire document = 71 results


“Effect of the Submarine Telegraph; Or, Peace and Good-Will between England and France”; September 14, 1850; pg. 117


                                                         "The enemy of the Atlantic Telegraph"; July 17, 1858; pg. 23

Title: THE ENEMY OF THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH
Details: July 17, 1858; pg. 23

Title: FIRST MESSAGE SENT BY THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH FROM AMERICA…
Details: August 14, 1858; pg. 66


                                 “Father Neptune uses the Atlantic Telegraph as a Clothes Line”; October 23, 1858; pg. 171

Search ‘Motor Car’ as a keyword = 326 results

Title: THE MUGGLETON MOTOR-CAR; OR, THE WELLERS ON WHEELS
Details: November 21, 1896; pg. 246


                                                   “Owner of violently palpitating Motor Car.”; January 23, 1901; pg. 63


                                                  “The Motor Car is at Present only in its Infancy”; July 03, 1901; pg. 17

Search ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ in entire document = 265 results

Title: MERE VACUUM
Details: May 18, 1904; pg. 347

Title: TO A VACUUM CLEANER
Details: March 13, 1912; pg. 190


                                Agent: “Can I Interest you in a Vacuum-Cleaner?”; G.L. Stampa; November 25, 1931; pg. 567


Astonished Lady (as demonstrator of vacuum-cleaner empties the dust-bag). “I say, you won’t tell anyone, will you?”; L.B. Martin; February 19, 1930; pg. 202

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Public Health and the Environment



                                 “Father Thames Introducing his Offspring to the Fair City of London”; July 03, 1858; pg. 5

Search ‘Thames’ AND ‘Dirty’ in entire document = 21 results


                                                                      “Dirty Father Thames”; October 07, 1848


            “Faraday giving his card to Father Thames; and we hope the Dirty Fellow will consult the learned Professor”; July 21, 1855

Title: DIRTY OLD FATHER THAMES
Details: August 04, 1855; pg. 50

Title: FATHER THAMES’S APPEAL
Details: Old Father Thames; August 09, 1884; pg. 72

Search ‘Nicotin*” in entire document = 78 results


                                          “Sancta Nicotina Consolatrix. The Poor Man’s Friend”; January 30, 1869; pg. 35

Title: GIVING UP SMOKING
Details: A.P.H.; July 08, 1931; pg. 7


“Dunhills, who have been selling a few hundred women’s pipes a year for the last forty years, have suddenly found their women’s sales multiplied by six. Harrods and the Army and Navy Stores have received new shipments of small ladies’ briar pipes…”; The Observer - Lady Nicotine; May 16, 1962; pg. 765

Title: SMOKE ABATEMENT
Details: Richard Gordon; February 24, 1954; pg. 254

Title: SMOKING CAN DEFINITELY DO YOU IN
Details: Dr. Robert Buckman and Raymonde; June 24, 1988; pg. 20

Search ‘Pollution’ AND ‘Air’ in entire document = 79 results


Title: THE ENVIRONMENT BANDWAGON
Details: February 11, 1970; pg. 218-219

Title: 130 YEARS IN THE OPEN AIR
Details: G.D. Armour; June 16, 1971; pg. 810

Title: PROPOSITION NINE
Details: William Davis; June 14, 1972


“Good afternoon. My name’s Paterson and I wonder if you would care to join our local Fight Air Pollution Now group?”; July 19, 1976; pg. 93

Title: GAS AND LEGISLATORS
Details: David Taylor; October 17, 1984; pg. 62
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Social Change



                                                              Miss Priscilla Browne began her day with a little gentle exercise.
                                                              So does her Great-grand-daughter
                                                              After which she would enjoy a modest bathe.
                                                              Her great-grand-daughter also bathes.
                                                              “Eighty Years of Change”; July 01, 1921

Search ‘Servant Problem’ in entire document = 61 results

Title: THE SERVANT PROBLEM
Details: June 03, 1903; pg. 386

Title: MRS. CRUMPET’S CONFIDENCES
Details: Martha Crumpet; December 02, 1903; pg. 391


"To Solve the Servant Problem: The combination Pianola-Stove"; To Solve the Servant Problem; November 27 1907; pg. 394


Mother of Parliaments: “Of Course times are changed, and my servants expect greater freedom; but I must really ask you, David, to be here to answer the bell one day a week.”
David: “Very Well, Madam. If you insist I will arrange to make Thursday my ‘at home’ day.”
The Servant Problem; Bernard Partridge; November 19, 1919


Mrs Britannia: “Why all this fuss about the servant problem? There’s my Baldwin – can turn her hand to anything; keep the house in order; checks the accounts; doesn’t want any evenings off; very tactful with my visitors – especially foreigners; in fact a perfect treasure.”; The Maid-of-All-Work; June 20, 1923

Title: SOLVING THE SERVANT PROBLEM
Details: January 19, 1910; pg. 52

Title: HOW TO BRIGHTEN DOMESTIC SERVICE
Details: July 09, 1919; pg. 57

Title: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
Details: E.S. Turner; July 04, 1962; pg. 16

Search ‘Immigrat*” in entire document, AFTER 1945 = 491 results

Title: FIRST STEPS IN MIGRATION
Details: Roy Macgregor Hastie; September 11, 1957; pg. 291

Title: CHINA AND THE FAR EAST
Details: Rawle Knox; August 26, 1959; pg. 64

Title: BRITAIN’S POPULATION
Details: Susan Strange; October 21, 1959

Title: THE IMMIGRANTS
Details: V.S. Naipaul; January 17, 1962; pg. 124

Title: PEERAGES FOR IMMIGRANTS
Details: February 28, 1962; pg. 360


                                                                “Immigration”; David Langdon; July 11, 1962; pg. 58

Search ‘Suffragettes” in entire document = 247 results


                                                             He: “I say, that Lady over there looks rather out of it.”
                        She: “Yes, you see, most of us have been in prison two or three times, and she, poor dear, has only
                                                                                                been bound over!”
                                                            Suffragettes at Home; A. Wallis Mills; April 14, 1909; pg. 269

Title: UNDER THE TITLE “SUFFRAGETTE’S DREAM”, THE FOLLOWING…
Details: October 31, 1906; pg. 316

Title: OUR SUFFRAJESTS
Details: March 20, 1907; pg. 203

Title: WAKE UP, ENGLAND!
Details: November 06, 1907; pg. 341

Title: BARGAINS FOR SUFFRAGETTES
Details: January 29, 1908; pg. 78

Title: A VOTER’S WOES
Details: May 06, 1908; pg. 341
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The Battle of Shanghai



"The Japanese sun rises as warplanes bomb a Chinese harbour during the Battle of Shanghai. This begins the invasion of Asia"; Dawn Over Asia; Bernard Partridge; September 29, 1937

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