When I was a young man in the early to mid-1970s, my first real job was working in a branch of Barclays Bank located in Central London’s Wardour Street.
It was a busy branch; I was working with colleagues who were more or else my own age and wanted to have fun with work interrupting at times. I could tell you things, but not now 😉
I remember, some lunchtimes (when not frequenting a local Soho bar ;), we would sit in our rest room located in the bank’s basement.
We chatted and gossiped whilst eating our sandwiches and drinking coffee which we had bought from a local friendly Italian deli (delicatessen). We would also share and read copies of the cheap and cheerful SUN a so called ‘red top’ newspaper.
The paper’s main political and social commentary cartoonist at the time was Paul Rigby(1924-2006).
Rigby was ‘aussie’ by birth who was very popular and had worked in Australia US and UK.
I would say that his cartoon were often the the best and classiest items in the paper!
They were of course amusing, satirical and caught or echoed the mood of the readers!
When there was a newsworthy event, whether happy, dramatic or tragic, his cartoons could be stirring and provocative.
Here are two good examples I managed to find. They still linger in my memory many years later.
Apologies for the quality as copies.
The first cartoon below shows the ill fated Apollo 13 moon ship on it’s hazardous and dangerous return to earth.
The spacecraft is being followed & encouraged by the ghosts of historical combat aircraft. (The astronauts were mainly former top pilots from US navy or airforce).
Apollo 13 near disaster mid April 1970
The second cartoon below represents the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Powerful, poignant and a thought provoking pun all conveyed in a cartoon
‘Closing Ceremony’ at the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics