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All these cartoons are copyright the family of George and Harry Stilling and have been reproduced with permission. Please contact me if you want to use one in a publication or website.
Any Gum Chum cover - 1944
I first discovered the work of Stil (George) when retired US Navy serviceman, John Moon, sent me a copy of Any Gum Chum that he had purchased, while stationed at the Topsham US Naval Depot in 1944. The cartoons took a humorous and often accurate look at the relationship between the many US servicemen stationed in Exeter and the local population. The US GI's were a splash of excitement for the British civilian, sometimes causing resentment because of their superior pay, but often forming warm and lasting relationships with the war torn population. Many British girls became GI brides, moving to the US after the war.
US servicemen's gifts
With higher pay than the average British Tommy, and access to scarce cigarettes, chocolate, gum and nylons, the generosity of the GI's was welcomed by many. Stil plays on this generosity with this cartoon.
Not enough to go around
Thousands of generous, if not home sick GI's, in the country was welcomed by many women. A large proportion of British males were in camps training away from home, or abroad. Stil plays on a possible shortage of eligible US males.
The oldest GI joke in the book!
This cartoon by Stil relates a well worn joke about the GIs and British women, in a fairly innocuous way. Many folk tended to think about the double entendre when they heard this. A nice local touch is the sign to the Black Horse in Longbrook Street.
Exeter Fun cover - 1948
This book published by Stil Studios is a mix of adverts, cartoons, caricatures and jokes. Stil advertising was run by Geroge Stillings and his brother Harry. The cartoons from this point are signed Stil for George and Harry Stil.
Greetings from Devon
All of the following postcards were produced in the 1950s and 60s for the tourist trade. Stil uses Devon dialect and the county's fame for strong cider to poke fun at both the locals and the visitor alike. By Stil.
With thanks to Georgia Shorrock for permission to reproduce the work of George and Harry Stillings. © 2011 Georgia Shorrock
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