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Punch up at Topfoto

Punch front cover, 24 April 1963 ©Punch Cartoon Library / TopFoto

Kent, UK based photo library Topfoto is busy uploading the Punch Cartoon archive to their servers under a new exclusive licensing agreement.

Over 161 years Punch magazine documented the changing face of British humour and played a central role in the formation of British identity.  A very British institution, Punch has a devoted national and international following for its witty and wholly irreverent take. It shook governments and public opinion with its cartoons of national symbols fighting it out on the world stage.  With clear-eyed social documentary and the lampooning of public figures, Punch cartoonists from Tenniel to Scarfe gave us the cartoon as we know it.
View, chuckle and license the collection HERE

• As Topfoto owner Alan Smith has a complete set of the magazine the team at the library can offer the extra benefit of free expert in-house support, searching the hard copies for rapid processing and upload.

PAN did suggest being able to license complete articles accompanying the cartoons would be useful to all researchers ….no news on this yet.




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