Saturday, January 31, 2009
One Hundred Comicalities
From the Strand, Vol. 34, 1907. Tit-Bits A popular weekly magazine, was founded in 1881 by George Newnes, the publisher of The Strand. It ceased publication in 1984. The original formula included jokes, quizzes, correspondence, short stories and serialized fiction, snippets of news, and cartoons 'from all the Most Interesting Books, Periodicals and Contributors in the World.'
“A fully equipped billiard-room has been discovered underneath his garden by a Brighton man. It had been sealed up for eighteen years. The oak paneling, billiard table, furniture, and fittings are as good as new.”
Many of the earliest cartoons published here may have come from the old broadsheet Comicalities published 100 to a sheet. Newnes must have had a huge collection of old cartoons which were pirated for use in his numerous magazines, boys story papers and comic periodicals.