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 […]