Kemnitz (1973) The Cartoon as a Historical Source


It is the pride of “PUNCH” that the “Cartoon of the Week,” in which for so many years he has regularly crystallised his opinion of the week's chief idea, situation, or event, is truthfully representative of the best prevailing feeling of the nation, of its soundest common-sense, and of its most deliberate judgment-a judgment … seriously formed, albeit humorously set down and portrayed. It follows, therefore, that the “PUNCH” cartoon is not to be considered merely as a comic or satirical comment on the main occurrence or situation of the week, but as contemporary history for the use and information of future generations cast into amusing form for the entertainment of the present. Current national opinion frequently becomes modified, and history may qualify - it may even radically alter - the view of the day; but the record of how public matters struck a people, an imperial people, at the instant of their happening, is surely not less interesting to the future student of history, of psychology, and of sociology, than the most official record of the world's progress.

Citation Thomas M. Kemnitz (1973). The Cartoon as a Historical Source. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 4 no. 1, pp. 81–93. URL

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author = {Kemnitz, Thomas M.},
journal = {The Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
number = {1},
pages = {81--93},
title = {{The Cartoon as a Historical Source}},
url = {},
volume = {4},
year = {1973}

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