I have just discovered this week that a personal favorite, Project Gutenberg, has many editions of Punch, or the London Charivari available for FREE! In addition to issues of the magazine, Project Gut also offers some of their books. In Mr. Punch’s Book of Love (subtitle: Being the Humours of Courtship and Matrimony),
Only recently we heard a gentleman telling a group of people in a hotel smoking-room that Mark Twain got a hundred pounds from Punch for writing that famous line, “I used your soap two years ago; since then I have used no other.”
Punch was a humor and satire magazine founded in 1841. According to Wikipedia, “Reflecting their satiric and humorous intent, the two editors took for their name and masthead the anarchic glove puppet, Mr. Punch, of Punch and Judy; the name also referred to a joke made early on about one of the magazine’s first editors, Lemon, that ‘punch is nothing without lemon.'”
The original illustrations are a nice treat to accompany the texts that Project Gut has collected. I love to scroll through old political cartoons (don’t get me going on a collection of Boss Tweed & Tammany Hall cartoons; the hours will pass by).
Yet again, I have stumbled upon something new which will ultimately distract me from being productive in one way or another!