“You will each take twenty-five lines!…”

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: mandolin mauve, organ orange, flute fawn, bassoon beige, tambourine turquoise, and of course viola violet.

Yes, another couple of intriguing panels from a page in my tatty and defaced old junk shop book the Lion Annual 1956. Would you like to see a picture of the front and back covers dear reader? They are very nicely drawn and the colours are delightfully rich and mellow – pity they got the colour of space wrong though, it should of course be jet black, but a lot of black on the cover wouldn’t have made the book very attractive to the prospective buyer, would it? Me, I can live with a blue sky in space…

But back to the panels above:
I always find it odd that this annual, and it’s companion weekly comic, which was of course aimed at a mass audience of kids – portrayed the school days of posh lads (no girls here!) who had well-combed hair, wore smart suits and ties in class, and had a ‘study’ of their own, and where teachers were called ‘masters’, who wore flowing gowns and very silly hats – rather than the very different experience of the majority of the kids who actually read the comic.
Perhaps the writers and graphic artists who produced this comic were posh themselves, and knew nothing of working class life and schooling – yes, that must be it. Let’s make sure that the poorer people stay invisible in our culture. Who on earth would be interested in their drab lives?
Anyway, there’s Mr Tallow (nice name!) reprimanding Sandy and his mates for arriving late to class, and giving them some ‘lines’ to write. Good job Mr Tallow doesn’t know about that chimp though!…
‘What chimp?’ I hear you ask – ah, you’ll have to read the full story to find out! Me, I’ve never liked or trusted chimps – nor that ‘Bossy Bates’ – he’s always at the root of the mischief in this school!. I say you chaps, let’s go punch Bates on the head – serve him right!… I expect his family are awful rough working people!…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to “You will each take twenty-five lines!…”

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    The best thing would be to always address Bossy Bates as ‘Master’.

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Cliff Hanger….What was the “shock of Bossy’s life… a future post I hope.

  3. ktz2 says:

    I love how you can pull something fresh from this old book when you make a post about it… but think of this– there are more Lion Annuals for other long-ago years out there just waiting to be found ! (I’m assuming).

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