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Egbert in Luck!
Published in the Daily Mirror Newspaper, England. Mon 13th June 1938
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred was a long-running British newspaper strip cartoon published in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1956, as well as the Sunday Pictorial in the early years. It was conceived by Bertram Lamb, who took the role of Uncle Dick, signing himself (B.J.L.) in an early book, and was drawn until c.1939 by Austin Bowen Payne who always signed as A.B. Payne. It concerned the adventures of an orphaned family of animals. Pip, who assumed the father role, was a dog, while the Mother, Squeak, was a penguin. Wilfred was the young child and was a rabbit with very long ears.
The origins of the characters are mentioned in the cartoon strips as Squeak being found in London Zoological Gardens after having been hatched on the South African coast years before. Pip was discovered begging by a policeman on the Embankment, and was sent to a dogs’ home, where he was bought for half-a-crown. Wilfred was found in a field near to his burrow and was adopted by Pip and Squeak, who were in turn looked after by Uncle Dick and Angeline, the housemaid of their family house on the edge of London.
In 1927, the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred club began. It was named the Wilfredian League of Gugnuncs (WLOG) and organised many competitions and events for the thousands of members, especially at the British South Coast Seaside resorts. Gugnuncs is a combination of 2 baby-talk words used by Wilfred, who as a toddler-aged child cannot speak yet. Nunc being his version of Uncle. There was a WLOG member’s badge in blue enamelled metal, featuring the long ears of Wilfred. Among the WLOG rules was one to never eat rabbit.
A series of silent animated cartoons were produced in 1921 by Lancelot Speed. They were entitled “The Wonderful Adventures of Pip, Squeak & Wilfred”. 25 were made & were shown from 17 February 1921 to 11 August 1921.
Titles included ‘Pip And Wilfred Detectives’, ‘Over The Edge Of The World’, ‘The Six-Armed Image’, ‘The Castaways’, ‘Ups And Downs’, ‘Popski’s Early Life’, ‘Wilfred’s Nightmare’, ‘Wilfred’s Wonderful Adventures’ and ‘Trouble In The Nursery. None appears to be currently available in any format.
Expect even more ‘pavement art’ antics from PIP, SQUEAK AND WILFRED in future blogs!
Researched by Philip Battle
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