Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PUNCH 1939 Summer Issue Part Two

Here is the second part of PUNCH #5119, May 22, 1939, which is copyright Punch, Ltd.

Part one is here.

It's the run up to WW2 as seen in the excellent "Progress" cartoon above. Some stunning cartoon art and biting comments. The wordless multi panel one by David Langdon, with the fellow explaining cricket to a customs agent, is a keeper.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PUNCH 1939 Summer Issue Part One

Mr. Punch rides a merry-go-round (with a pretty good smiling at him from an adjacent horse) in this colorful cover of PUNCH #5119, May 22, 1939. I would think that this is all still maybe copyright Punch, Ltd.

The cover is by Hewitt. But like a lot of British cartoonists back in the day, I am not familiar with their work. But they all are wonderful and some of these cartoons made me laugh out loud all these decades later. I especially liked the wordless, multi-panel pages that tell a whole story. Take a look.

This great "Summer Number" is full of color cartoons and obviously meant to be read and reread and handed down to others. Here are all of the cartoons for the first half of the magazine.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Garden As of Mid-August

Everyone can sleep well. Dexter the cat is keeping watch!

Dex was a rather feral cat that was hanging around the woods here. We built him a little hay house made from bales of hay. He immediately moved in, and, a very long story short, he then moved into the actual, real house where he loves to be picked up and patted. Feral no more!

The garden has lots of green tomatoes that will turn into red tomatoes that will turn into a lot of canning and freezing soon. 

Foreground: a basil plant. Peppers (which are not doing too well), squash and cucumbers beyond.

A raised bed of annuals. Some zinnias. More are starting to bloom.


The box in front is nothing but weeds since the lettuce spiked and was pulled out. The box in back is all Roma tomatoes. You can see we have that brown-leaf disease, where the leaves shrivel up and the tomatoes can possibly get scalded by the sun. Hopefully, this will not happen. 

And on to the parade of perennials: 

And there was a tree that came down during last week's torrential rains. Double good news: it didn't hit anything valuable and more wood for winter: