Dec 152015
 
Laughs Around The Land

“Laughs around the Land” is a cartoon and jokes anthology compiled by S. Evelyn Thomas, and published in 1947 by P.J. Press, Northolt. It features a Giles cartoon showing a land girl hoeing in the a field, attracting the attention of a mounted gentleman farmer who is clearly pleased to see her. In the 1940s a whole […]

Dec 012015
 
December Cartoon of the Month

Is this cartoon a reference to mean farmers or just demonstrating how land girls were exploited as farm workers? It certainly demonstrates the range of farm work which they might be expected to tackle, from working with horses with carting or ploughing, to driving tractors and operating a range of farm machinery and equipment. Later […]

Oct 012015
 
October Cartoon of the Month

Land girls came from a very wide range of pre-war occupations before joining the Women’s Land Army. Some had worked in domestic service, an occupation which diminished enormously after the war, when the complaint of many affluent middle class families was “you just can’t get the servants”. Most had worked in factories, mills or shops, […]

Sep 012015
 
September Cartoon of the Month

The presence of increasing numbers of young women on the land in the early 1940s in Britain, as more male farm workers left to join the armed forces and members of the Women’s Land Army replaced them, was clearly regarded as a novelty and sometimes as a threat. Certainly, farmer’s wives were likely to be concerned […]

Jul 012015
 
July Cartoon of the Month

Those members of the Women’s Land Army who were transferred to the Women’s Timber Corps [WTC], 1942-1946 were equally open to cartoonists’ sniping that, because these young women were new to the job, they would prove to be incompetent. In fact, they were well-trained at Forestry Commission camps in all aspects of forestry work, from measuring and […]

Jun 012015
 
June Cartoon of the Month

The aim of the Women’s Land Army was to seek out an entirely new source of labour to work on the land. This meant recruiting young women from mainly urban backgrounds. Most were from a working-class background, whose previous work might have been in factories, shops or in domestic service. However, some recruits came from […]

Apr 012015
 
April Cartoon of the Month

Cartoonists (almost exclusively men!) were often poking fun at the newly-created ‘land girls’ of the Women’s Land Army in newspaper and magazines during both world wars, but particularly during World War Two. These young women were mainly recruited from towns and cities, in order to provide a new source of labour on the land, and therefore ignorant […]