Paper $38.00 ISBN: 9781908487988 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

McGill's War

A History of Life in Britain during the Great War Illustrated by the Art of Donald Fraser McGill

John Paul Wilton

McGill's War

John Paul Wilton

Distributed for Firestep

Illustrated by Donald Fraser McGill
164 pages | 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $38.00 ISBN: 9781908487988 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Known as the “king of the saucy postcard,” Donald McGill (1875–1962) was an English artist who is appreciated today as much for his masterful double entendres as he was for his apt social observations. He skillfully brought to life every hilarious aspect of English life with his roguish cartoons, depicting everyone from plump old woman and loony vicars to drunken, foolish men. World War I did not escape his clever pen, of course, and he hilariously mocked the enemy and portrayed life on the home front.
 
With McGill’s War, John Wilton provides a fascinating narrative to a variety of the wartime topics that the artist covered with his satirical postcards, including conscription, rationing, lice, war profiteers, and more. A charming visual look into wartime home sentiments, this book will amuse historians and postcard collectors alike.
Contents
Canine Partners
Preface
Introduction
1. The Early Years (1904-1914)
2. War Declared
3. Recruits
4. Blue Boys
5. Conscientious Objectors
6. Special Constables
7. Allotments
8. Alcohol
9. Separation Allowances
10. Lice
11. Your Country Needs You
12. At the Front
13. War Bread and Rationing
14. They Also Served—Women’s War Work and War Bonds
15. Air Raids by Zeppelins
16. Air Raids by Aeroplanes
17. The Navy-War at Sea
18. Mocking the Enemy
19. Cards and Letters Home
20. Songs on Postcards
21. Racism in the Trenches
22. The End in Sight!
23. Demobilisation
24. Other Types of Postcards Used During the War
25. Examples of Censor Marks
References
List of Plates
Glossary
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