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'What the War is teaching John Bull': cartoons from The Railway Review, 1914-1918

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, cartoons from 'The Railway Review', weekly newspaper of the National Union of Railwaymen, have been digitised and made available online. The cartoons, drawn by 'DIN', date from August 1914 to December 1918, and include satirical comment on railway working conditions and management, wartime social problems (including profiteering and food shortages), the introduction of women workers, the 1918 general election and plans for post-war reconstruction.

Other documents relating to the First World War are included in our online exhibition First World War 100: conflict and commemoration.

Cartoons by category:

'Ever the chief sufferer'

War conditions and the working class

'The enemy within our gates'

Profiteers, Brit'Huns' and armchair patriots

'When, owing to the war, women supercede men'

Women workers on the railways

'The cry of democracy'

Against autocracy, militarism and conscription

'The parliamentary battlefield'

Government, Labour and the khaki election

'In the service of the state'

Nationalisation and railway management

'Keep under the old umbrella'

The National Union of Railwaymen at wartime

'Compliments of the season'

Christmas greetings from The Railway Review

'The war after the war'

Post-war reconstruction

'Flashes from our wireless'

Topical comic strip.