Cartoon and satire as source: Jack Nicolle, physical culture, and cartoons in 1920s Britain

Alec S. Hurley, Conor Heffernan

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Abstract

On 8 April 1920, the first sports editorial cartoon by teenager Jack Nicolle appeared in Health & Strength magazine. The series of illustrations in the world’s oldest physical culture periodical captured the absurdity of ‘circus lifts’ performed at a recent W.A. Pullum lifting exhibition. The piece ignited a torrid eleven-month run of insightful, humorous, and bitingly satirical commentary often directed towards leaders of the British strength community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-469
Number of pages28
JournalSport in History
Volume43
Issue number4
Early online date30 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 30 Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The British Society of Sports History.

Keywords

  • History
  • physical therapy
  • Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • satire
  • physical culture
  • cartoon

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