Ploughman’s Punch

This book has an interesting introduction by Thelwell, who is an institution by himself, and covers the run of Ploughmen cartoons published in  Punch, from  1875 to 1992.  For those of us in the US, a Ploughman is defined as:

ploughman or plowman  (ˈplaʊmən)   — n  , pl –men

 1. a man who ploughs, esp using horses

 2. any farm labourer

The above is courtesy of

So, I guess we could say they are either Ploughman or Farmer cartoons.

And, speaking of cartoons, evidently Punch, was responsible for coining the term, “cartoon”, which meant a comic drawing.

Punch was started up in again in 1996, and went until 2002.  See the Punch link for details.

According to Wikipedia, Norman Thelwell, (3 May 1923 – 7 February 2004) had a twenty-five year relationship with Punch.  They published 1500 of his cartoons, of which 60 were used for covers.  Thelwell is known for his cartoons of  “…terrifying hordes of tiny girls on wild shaggy little ponies who frightened their elders in every county lane…” .  This from his introduction to Ploughman’s Punch.

This book can be found at all the usual on-line vendors and is not all that expensive.  Whenever I bought it, I paid £ 4.95 for it in the store.  Looking next to the price sticker, I see the book was printed in Finland.  I wonder why?

Anyway, here is the first cartoon in the book.

And the last cartoon.

I did not understand that last cartoon, so here is the one just before it.

I was curious what war cartoons were in the book, and found these two.

From 1973,

Ah, yes.  Country wisdom.

Lastly, this cartoon.  I have seen the same joke put in a Ranching type Cartoon somewhere.  Guess Punch was first.

Until next time.


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2 Responses to Ploughman’s Punch

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