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Laugh Collection

"Laughter: A Universal Language That Transcends Time and Cultures" In the golden era of cinema

Background imageLaugh Collection: A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)

A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)
BAL99453 A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas) by Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1618-82); 52x38.5 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageLaugh Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Beau Hunks (1931)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Laughing Buddha, Tanzhe Temple, Beijing, China, Asia

Laughing Buddha, Tanzhe Temple, Beijing, China, Asia

Background imageLaugh Collection: Nun Swivels Hula Hoop On Hips

Nun Swivels Hula Hoop On Hips
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: October 18, 1958. Benedictine Sisters at the Christ King Convent in Oklahoma City try their hand at the hula hoop craze that is sweeping the country

Background imageLaugh Collection: Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

Background imageLaugh Collection: A Feathered Bonzo - cover of the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio

A Feathered Bonzo - cover of the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio
Colour frontispiece of The Bonzo Book being the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio featuring Bonzo, the canine creation of artist George Studdy

Background imageLaugh Collection: Sherlock Holmes / Doyle

Sherlock Holmes / Doyle
A REMINISCENCE OF MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES (later retitled The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge). Holmes tossed the telegram across with a laugh

Background imageLaugh Collection: Bob Monkhouse and Kenneth Connor

Bob Monkhouse and Kenneth Connor
as Charlie Sage and Horace Strong in Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Ringo Starr and David Essex share a laugh

Ringo Starr and David Essex share a laugh
A scene from That ll Be The Day (1973) where the characters of Mike (Ringo Starr) and Jim (David Essex) share a laugh at the funfair where they work together

Background imageLaugh Collection: Teddy bear playing tennis

Teddy bear playing tennis. Date: circa 1900s

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Background imageLaugh Collection: Bare-chested man laughing

Bare-chested man laughing

Background imageLaugh Collection: The Petomane, illustration for Paris qui rit from Le Ventomane

The Petomane, illustration for Paris qui rit from Le Ventomane
CHT213063 The Petomane, illustration for Paris qui rit from Le Ventomane, monologue comique by E. Grenet-Dancourt, Paris, 1893 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School

Background imageLaugh Collection: Hard lines on the hard court by George Studdy

Hard lines on the hard court by George Studdy
Hard lines on the hard court -- the Bonzolines dig in their search for the ball, which Bonzo is holding in his mouth. George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948), was the creator of Bonzo

Background imageLaugh Collection: King George VI and Princess Elizabeth

King George VI and Princess Elizabeth
King George VI (1896 - 1952) shares a joke with his elder daughter, Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II). Date: 1946

Background imageLaugh Collection: The Yellow Domino, design for a tapestry or carpet, 1908 (gouache on paper)

The Yellow Domino, design for a tapestry or carpet, 1908 (gouache on paper)
741461 The Yellow Domino, design for a tapestry or carpet, 1908 (gouache on paper) by Cheret, Jules (1836-1932); Musee des Beaux-Arts Jules Cheret, Nice

Background imageLaugh Collection: Bonzo congratulates Chee-Kee by George Studdy

Bonzo congratulates Chee-Kee by George Studdy
Bonzo congratulates Chee-Kee on finding her ancestors -- they can be seen as monsters on Chinese vases and plates. Date: 1924

Background imageLaugh Collection: Dog Frightens Baby

Dog Frightens Baby
Towser tries to make Baby laugh, but only manages to make him cry

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Background imageLaugh Collection: Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0059 'The Last Laugh'

Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0059 'The Last Laugh'
United States Air Force - Rockwell B-1B Lancer Lot IV 85-0059 'The Last Laugh' (MSN 19), of the 116th BW, based at Robins Air Force Base. Date: circa 1990

Background imageLaugh Collection: The priests, Ali Akbar Mozayen ol dowleh (oil on canvas)

The priests, Ali Akbar Mozayen ol dowleh (oil on canvas)
8620106 The priests, Ali Akbar Mozayen ol dowleh (oil on canvas) by Mozayen Al-Dowleh (1843-1932); Fine arts museum, Sa'd Abad museum complex, Tehran, Iran; (add.info.: The priests)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Lofe, love, laugh

Lofe, love, laugh
Anne-Marie Volfova

Background imageLaugh Collection: Beauties of Shakespeare: Falstaff (coloured engraving)

Beauties of Shakespeare: Falstaff (coloured engraving)
8646731 Beauties of Shakespeare: Falstaff (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Falstaff)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Physician laughing as he pulls a patient's tooth with string

Physician laughing as he pulls a patient's tooth with string. Copperplate engraving after a satirical illustration
FLO4718308 Physician laughing as he pulls a patient's tooth with string. Copperplate engraving after a satirical illustration by Timothy Bobbin (John Collier) (1708-1786)

Background imageLaugh Collection: British King George VI with Princess Elizabeth - laughter

British King George VI with Princess Elizabeth - laughter
British Royal Family. British King George VI, sharing a joke with Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, England. Date: 1946

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Background imageLaugh Collection: Art. Entertainment. A fairground. Almanac for fun, 1851. Poster by E. Morin, France, 1850 (poster)

Art. Entertainment. A fairground. Almanac for fun, 1851. Poster by E. Morin, France, 1850 (poster)
3434623 Art. Entertainment. A fairground. Almanac for fun, 1851. Poster by E. Morin, France, 1850 (poster); (add.info.: Art. Spectacle. Fete Foraine. Morin, France, 1850. Coll. Part. Art)

Background imageLaugh Collection: France, Centre, Cher (18), Bourges: Studio photography of a comedian troupier, 1885

France, Centre, Cher (18), Bourges: Studio photography of a comedian troupier, 1885
LUX4718958 France, Centre, Cher (18), Bourges: Studio photography of a comedian troupier, 1885; (add.info.: France, Centre, Cher (18), Bourges: Studio photography of a comedian troupier

Background imageLaugh Collection: Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais

Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)
JEB4933366 Dindenaut - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) - (The Capricious Dreams of Pantagruel) - Private collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaugh Collection: If Charlie Chaplin had appeared on the field of Waterloo (engraving)

If Charlie Chaplin had appeared on the field of Waterloo (engraving)
8672617 If Charlie Chaplin had appeared on the field of Waterloo (engraving) by Downey, Thomas Edward (1852-1926); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Ifs" in history)

Background imageLaugh Collection: It's so jolly to go for a paddle (coloured photo)

It's so jolly to go for a paddle (coloured photo)
8656607 It's so jolly to go for a paddle (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: It's so jolly to go for a paddle. Girl and a parasol)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving)

Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving)
8655764 Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaugh Collection: 'I can remember laughing at pictures like this in the last war' (litho)

"I can remember laughing at pictures like this in the last war" (litho)
8630546 "I can remember laughing at pictures like this in the last war" (litho) by Pont (Graham Laidler) (1908-40); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Our Countryside, 1938: Home from the Fields (b/w photo)

Our Countryside, 1938: Home from the Fields (b/w photo)
8671516 Our Countryside, 1938: Home from the Fields (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Home from the Fields)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Laughing baby's face with cook's hat and spoon. 19th century chromolithography

Laughing baby's face with cook's hat and spoon. 19th century chromolithography
IMB4824388 Laughing baby's face with cook's hat and spoon. 19th century chromolithography.; (add.info.: Laughing baby's face with cook's hat and spoon)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Greece, Chania, Crete: Crete's military campaign, Italian national party

Greece, Chania, Crete: Crete's military campaign, Italian national party
LUX4764320 Greece, Chania, Crete: Crete's military campaign, Italian national party, games on an improvised scene with an audience of hilarious soldiers, 1908; (add.info.: Greece, Chania)

Background imageLaugh Collection: The Laughter Drawing by Louis-Amable Crapelet (1822-1867) Diameter 8.5 cm MUSEE DES BEAUTS ARTS

The Laughter Drawing by Louis-Amable Crapelet (1822-1867) Diameter 8.5 cm MUSEE DES BEAUTS ARTS - PALAIS LONGCHAMP
JEB4868618 The Laughter Drawing by Louis-Amable Crapelet (1822-1867) Diameter 8.5 cm MUSEE DES BEAUTS ARTS - PALAIS LONGCHAMP; Palais de Longchamp, Marseille

Background imageLaugh Collection: Les fools de Charenton: drawing by Gustave Dore, 1860 - an asylum of alienes in the nineteenth

Les fools de Charenton: drawing by Gustave Dore, 1860 - an asylum of alienes in the nineteenth century - hospice of
PCT4293987 Les fools de Charenton: drawing by Gustave Dore, 1860 - an asylum of alienes in the nineteenth century - hospice of Charenton

Background imageLaugh Collection: Snow White and Rose Pompon. circa 1910 (engraving)

Snow White and Rose Pompon. circa 1910 (engraving)
6437811 Snow White and Rose Pompon. circa 1910 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Litterature. Tales of fees. Snow White, Red Rose and the Dwarf)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Company drinking around a table. Walk and Oraison. (illustration, circa 1930)

Company drinking around a table. Walk and Oraison. (illustration, circa 1930)
5975716 Company drinking around a table. Walk and Oraison. (illustration, circa 1930); Private Collection; (add.info.: Litterature. Company drinking around a table)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Dentist laughing as he uses tongs to hold a hot coal to a man's face to make him jerk back

Dentist laughing as he uses tongs to hold a hot coal to a man's face to make him jerk back
FLO4718344 Dentist laughing as he uses tongs to hold a hot coal to a man's face to make him jerk back and extract a tooth with string

Background imageLaugh Collection: A classroom in the 19th century. A severe teacher corrects the duty of a pupil (collegian)

A classroom in the 19th century. A severe teacher corrects the duty of a pupil (collegian)
PCT4282040 A classroom in the 19th century. A severe teacher corrects the duty of a pupil (collegian) who takes his head in his hands: the other students laugh and laugh at him - Illustration by J

Background imageLaugh Collection: Kick him in the Slats - Ah 23 (colour litho)

Kick him in the Slats - Ah 23 (colour litho)
8675936 Kick him in the Slats - Ah 23 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Kick him in the Slats - Ah 23)

Background imageLaugh Collection: The ruling passion (litho)

The ruling passion (litho)
8662994 The ruling passion (litho) by May, Phil (1864-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: The ruling passion. Illustration for Sketches from "Punch" by Phil May (Punch)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Laughter (coloured engraving)

Laughter (coloured engraving)
8655704 Laughter (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Laughter. Illustration for La Nature et L'Homme)

Background imageLaugh Collection: Three different ways of seeing a joke (b/w photo)

Three different ways of seeing a joke (b/w photo)
8656610 Three different ways of seeing a joke (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Three different ways of seeing a joke)



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"Laughter: A Universal Language That Transcends Time and Cultures" In the golden era of cinema, comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy brought tears of joy to audiences worldwide with their hilarious antics in James W. Horne's "Beau Hunks" (1931). Their impeccable timing and slapstick humor still make us laugh today. Traveling to the enchanting Tanzhe Temple in Beijing, China, one encounters a jovial sight - the Laughing Buddha. This iconic figure symbolizes happiness, contentment, and good fortune for all who encounter his infectious laughter. Charlie Chaplin's timeless masterpiece "Modern Times" (1936) reminds us that even amidst life's challenges, laughter remains an essential remedy. His iconic tramp character effortlessly tickles our funny bones while subtly highlighting society's absurdities. The mischievous Bonzo dog on the cover of the Third Studdy Dogs Portfolio brings a smile to our faces as we witness his feathered escapades. Canines have always had a way of making us burst into fits of giggles with their playful antics. Who would have thought that even nuns could swivel hula hoops on their hips? In this unexpected display of lightheartedness, these devoted women show that laughter knows no boundaries or limitations. Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn't resist sharing a chuckle from time to time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective often found solace in laughter amidst solving intricate mysteries – reminding us that humor can be found even in the darkest corners. Music icons Ringo Starr and David Essex share a hearty laugh together, proving that laughter is best enjoyed when shared with friends. It unites people across generations and backgrounds like nothing else can. Imagine witnessing a teddy bear playing tennis. The sheer absurdity of this image instantly puts smiles on our faces as we realize how laughter has no bounds when it comes to imagination and playfulness.