Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rare seaside postcards and political cartoons launched online

Rare seaside postcards once considered too saucy for publication are among 35,000 images to be launched online for the benefit of education and research. The images have been digitised and catalogued by the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent.

Also newly available are research and teaching aids on cartoons, including video interviews with leading cartoonists such as Stan McMurtry (Mac) of the Daily Mail, Nicholas Garland of the Daily Telegraph, Peter Brookes of The Times, Dave Brown of The Independent and Nick Newman of the Sunday Times and Private Eye.

JISC programme manager Paola Marchionni said: "It's not just researchers who are demanding access to these collections; increasing numbers of teachers and lecturers are interested in using cartoons as a learning resource. The new tools to help teachers embed the cartoons into their lessons, both physical and virtual, will make these archives even more valuable for teaching, learning and research."

The seaside postcards are among a collection of 1,300 cards confiscated under the obscenity laws from 1951-61. Other images available online for the first time include British political cartoons from the last ten years, recent ‘pocket’ cartoons by cartoonists such as Matt of the Daily Telegraph and images from Reg Smythe’s Andy Capp artwork for the Daily Mirror.

The new images come from the world’s largest collection of cartoons on political and social comment published in the British press and held by the British Cartoon Archive. The archive now offers free and easy access to more than 170,000 cartoons by by over 350 cartoonists, dating from 1790 to 2011 and featuring Prime Ministers from Pitt the Younger to David Cameron.

Access the cartoons / Find out more about the project

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