Exhibit B1

Snap-Shots. London: James Henderson. Vol. 2, no. 36. 11 April 1891.

In the middle of page 12, a six-panel tramp story, “The Thirsty Tramps’ Successful Expedient”, a strip taken from Judge, more

Exhibit B2

Comic Cuts. London: Pandora Publishing Company [Alfred Harmsworth]. Vol. 2, no. 67. 22 August 1891.

In 1891, Comic Cuts ran a number of short tramp strips by Roland Hill, Oliver Veal and others, some of them in excruciatingly poor taste. more

Exhibit B3

Illustrated Chips. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 17, no. 422 (new series). 1 October 1898.

Tom Browne created the tramp duo Weary Willie (sometimes Willy) and Tired Tim for Illustrated Chips in 1896. more

Exhibit B4

Postcard. “The Adventures of Weary Willie and Tired Tim”. Pictorial Post Cards no. 2551. Issued by Davidson Bros. Postmarked 1904.

This is the first of a series of six postcards that taken together relate a humorous story about the two world-famed tramps, more

Exhibit B5

The Captain. London: George Newnes. Vol. 1. April to September 1899.

Tom Browne evidently visualized Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as having practically the same physique as his famous tramps. more

Exhibit B6

Machray, Robert. The Night Side of London. Illustrated by Tom Browne. London: John MacQueen. 1902.

Tom Browne’s interest in the destitute extended beyond the comics. This ink-wash illustration stands as Browne’s statement about the haves and have-nots in Edwardian London; more

Exhibit B7

Chips Summer Number. [London]: Lavington Street [Amalgamated Press]. Vol. 28, no. 718 (new series).
4 June 1904.

Weary Willie and Tiny Tim endure a Gothic nightmare. more

Exhibit B8

Chips Grand Holiday Number. London: 25 Bouverie Street. [Amalgamated Press]. No. 935 (new series). 1 August 1908.

It is 1908. Affordable four-cylinder Ford cars are selling well in England. Willie and Tim take a spin in a "banger", only to end up in hospital. more

Exhibit B9

The Comic Home Journal. London: B. W. Young [Amalgamated Press]. No. 375. 12 July 1902.

Vagrants Larry and Bill, indignant that the Mayor ignores the hungry and destitute, steal the food destined for the King’s Dinner and redistribute it to the poor – to the King’s manifest approval. more

Exhibit B10

The Summer Number Big Budget. London: 28 Maiden Lane [C. Arthur Pearson]. Vol. 13, no. 317. 11 July

“Bold bad tramp” Airy Alf plays a trick on his erstwhile pal Bouncing Billy, who – improbable though it may seem, more

Exhibit B11

Grand Christmas Number! of the Jester and Wonder. London: Lavington St. [Amalgamated Press]. No. 159. 26 November 1904.

As frequently happens in the above regular strip, burglars Chokee Bill and Area Sneaker abscond with the loot after their burgling adventure. more

Exhibit B12

Comic Cuts. [London]: Lavington Street [Amalgamated Press]. Vol. 26, no. 658. 20 December 1902.

The Mackabeentosh Family, including the destitute relative Neglected Jim (second from the right), who will soon become the main family member, more

Exhibit B13

Comic Cuts. [London]: Lavington Street [Amalgamated Press]. Vol. 27, no. 702. 24 October 1903.

Neglected Jim entices thousands of stray cats into an empty house; more

Exhibit B14

Comic Cuts. [London]: Lavington Street [Amalgamated Press]. Vol. 29, no. 731. 14 May 1904.

Beginning on 30 April 1904, Lucky Lucas and Neglected Jim appear in the same cover-page strip, more

Exhibit B15

Comic Cuts. London: Amalgamated Press. No. 859. 27 October 1906.

In this Happy Harry and Lucky Lucas set, one of a number of dream adventures that ran in 1906–7, artist Tom Wilkinson is clearly imitating the style of Winsor McCay’s, more

Exhibit B16

Comic-Life. London: James Henderson & Sons. No. 550. 2 January 1909.

The first appearance of Tall Thomas and Butterball, the Fat Tramps, drawn by Harry O’Neill, and printed from 5 August 1911 onwards in full colour. more

Exhibit B17

Illustrated Chips. London: 25 Bouverie Street [Amalgamated Press]. No. 944 (new series). 3 October 1908.

From homeless tramp to homeless dog. The first Homeless Hector strip, devised and drawn by Bertie Brown, appeared on 3 October 1908, more

Exhibit B18

The Butterfly. London: 25 Bouverie Street [Amalgamated Press]. No. 223. 19 December 1908.

Chased off one job by the “suffererjets”, Bill dresses as a maid to find another position, is fired for attracting a crowd of male admirers, more

Exhibit B19

Comic Cuts. London: 25 Bouverie Street [Amalgamated Press]. No.1066. 15 October 1910.

This is the first presentation of the antics of Tom the Ticket-of-Leave Man (a convict on parole) and his supervising constable, P.C. Fairyfoot, more

Exhibit B20

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 9, no. 215 (new series). 13 March 1897.

Chubblock Homes, a burlesque version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (for which, see B21), was invented and drawn by Irish artist Jack B. Yeats. more

Exhibit B21

The Strand Magazine. London: George Newnes. Vol. 6. July to December 1893.

Page 297 of this issue of The Strand Magazine has Sidney Paget’s well-known, indeed iconic, depiction of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. more

Exhibit B22

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 9, no. 221. 24 April 1897.

As one might have guessed from the cigar smoke, the Lady Detective turns out to be none other than Chubblock Homes in drag. more

Exhibit B23

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 10, no. 243. 25 September 1897.

To pacify timorous villagers, The Handy-Man is here commissioned to make a realistic (read: snoozing and snoring) village policeman, more

Exhibit B24

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 10, no. 253. 4 December 1897.

The arrival in England of American trickster Hiram B. Boss, whose tricks regularly backfire. more

Exhibit B25

Comic Cuts. London: Amalgamated Press. No. 920. 28 December 1907.

The adventures of The Who-Did-It, a four-legged robotic contraption. more

Exhibit B26

Comic Cuts. [London]: 25 Bouverie Street [Amalgamated Press]. No. 1051. 2 July 1910.

Dicky the Bird-Man, winged avenger, regularly swoops down to earth to assist the weak and oppressed. Here he flies to a lady’s assistance. more

Exhibit B27

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 12, no. 296. 1 October 1898.

“Ephriam Broadbeamer, the Pimply-Nosed Smuggler, Pirate and Other Things” – another zany character invented by Jack B. Yeats. more

Exhibit B28

The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 12, no. 298. 15 October 1898.

Another odd creation by Jack B. Yeats. This four-panel strip features the adventures of “Fairo the 2nd, the Egyptian Camel” and his keeper, more

Exhibit B29

Puck. London: B. W. Young [Amalgamated Press]. Vol. 7, no. 177. 14 December 1907.

The adventures of eccentric inventor Professor Radium, drawn by Tom Wilkinson, ran in Puck from 1904 to 1916, generally – as here – on the back page. more