Hungerford Arcade 1940 Topical Times

Hungerford Arcade stallholder, Jonathan Edwards stocks an amazing selection of very old postcards, stamps, magazines etc.  To our surprise a gentleman, Jeremy Colman found on Jonathan’s shelves a magazine entitled Topical Times dated May 1940.  On the front cover was a very funny cartoon, signed Phil Colman.  


Phil Colman (1911-1995)

Phil was Jeremy’s father.  He was born in Bradford in 1911 and married a young lady from Market Lavington in Wiltshire in 1941.  When he was 16, Phil won the coveted
Carnegie Trust County Library Torch competition for a new sign for the County libraries.


When Phil left Art College, he went to work for the famous Punch Magazine drawing cartoons.  In 1940, he joined the Army and did his training at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire after which he was sent to North Africa and became a dispatch rider.  From there he worked on a newspaper for the Army and served in Italy until the end of the war.




After the war, Phil went back to drawing cartoons for magazines.war

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