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GB - Centenary of the Postcard. Great British comedy pcs, Punch and Judy show.

Freaky vintage photograph. I bet this was in a nursery.

Punch & Judy Show - origins in 16th-century Italian commedia dell'arte, but now -is quintessentially English (first performance in England was on May 19, 1662). Punch evolved from the stock Italian (Naples) character of Pulcinella (anglicised to Punchinello) and is a figure related to the Lord of Misrule and other Trickster figures in the European folk traditions. Punch's wife was originally called "Joan." Originally, in the tradition of bawdy satire (often political) for adults, the presentation had gradually changed until it became more geared toward children - certain earlier supporting puppet cast members, such the Devil and "Pretty Polly (Punch's mistress), no longer were considered suitable for the new target audience.

Scary Victorian wedding photo. My photographer never offered me this pose.

Punch and Judy. The big clue from bestseller, Gone Girl!!

Punch and Judy...they would have scared me to death as a child!

Punch and Judy

Victorian And Edwardian Pastimes The history of Punch and Judy is a story dating back hundreds of years. Punch started off as a marionette or string puppet performing on the streets of London town, and gradually shed his strings and moved to the seaside. The history of this British icon is a fascinating one and when coupled with a live puppet show is an informative as well as very entertaining hour