the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: Over one century of the panpipes and tabor

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The majority are extracts from larger pictures and prints. Links to originals are given, where possible. If you have any more information on any of these images, or you are the copyright holder and I have not managed to get in touch with you, please do let me know.


page 4 - 1890's and 20th century

 “…So well known is Punch, that the sight of the two men, one carrying the show and the other the drum and pipes, passing through the streets, is quite enough to draw after them a group of curious little folk, all on the tip-toe of excitement, wondering when and where the men will stop and pitch the show. …There are some preparations to be made by the showman; so, while they are going on, the man with the drum suspended from his shoulders, and the row of pipes stuck just within the folds of his scarf, tries to swell the crowd by blowing a tune on the pipes, keeping up a rub-a-dub-dub accompaniment on the drum. There is not much music in the noise this musician is creating, but the well-known strains from the pipes soon draw the people around….”

'Uncle Jonathan, Walks in and Around London', 1895 (3 ed.)

one-man band 1890
with Punch in a drawing room 1890
magic family show 1892 Dublin, Ireland 1892
1890 game Punch and Judy game 1890 1890's with Punch and Judy 1890's 1890'sadvertising, to sell christmas cards 1890's  
1900with Punch and Judy 1900 with Punch and Judy 1900 with Punch and Toby c.1900 1900one-man-band, Whitby, 1900
with dancing bear childrens' cartoon
unknownby Louis Wain, unknown date one-man-band
early 20th century
1900 ceramic c.1900 Edwardianfor Punch and Judy Edwardian for Punch and Judyfor Punch and Judy

1900 book illustration, France, 1900 page 33

for Punch and Judy 1900-1940
unknownphotograph date unknown
(V&A museum)
unknownJessons, lantern slide
date unknown
1905Punch and Judy 1905
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
with Punch and Judy on beach 1905 seaside postcard 1908 1908in street band, France 1908 unknownunknown
Punch and Judy 1911
1913 comment by an authority on music that pan-pipes are relegated to the Punch and Judy man in England

‘Story of the Flute’ by MaCaulay Fitzgibbon
1920's1920's for Punch and Judy  
1925Punch and Toby 1925 20th centurywith Codling and short Punch and Judy show, 20th century book illustration 1930 advertising dish 1930  
Punch and Judy, Margate beach 1930 1930's Punch and Judy at Morecombe 1930's 19321932
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
19321932Londonderry Sentinel - Thursday 18 February 1932
1930's educational poster 1930's/40's with Punch and Judy
20th century
early 20th centuryUntil only a short time before his death Richard Codman, son of the founder of the show, could be seen outside the booth in Liverpool, with pandean pipes and drum
early20thc early20thc

about 1935about 1935 USA

1939illustration 1939
unknownLondon unknown 1930's stick pin
one-man-band figurine unknownmonkey figurine unknown date Punch and Judy poster 1943
puppet booth (shadow show) 1943 Greece
reconstruction Punch and Judy toy theatre 1998 one-man-band late 20th c.   book cover 2011

The festival of the chimney sweeps May Day
"In Ware they would also perform street pageants and would be accompanied by a character known as the Jack-of-the-Green, described as ‘a locomotive mass of foliage with his black face shining through an aperture in the leaves’, as well as a clown, a couple of climbing boys, and a drummer who also played the pan pipes."

for more information:
Spaeight , George1970, 'Punch and Judy - A history'
Spaeight , George 1980, 'A History of the Circus', London : Tantivy Press
Punch and Judy Fellowship
Punch and Judy College of Professors
Punch and Judy on the web

Jack in the Green in the Thames Valley

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