Laughing at misery

Laughing at misery

Gallows humour is a widespread phenomenon, especially in times of war. In that case, laughing at (your own) misfortune meets a psychological need. Therefore, it is not surprising that a number of Belgian soldier newspapers published humorous articles.


The most conspicuous satirical newspaper was the British ‘Wipers Times’. The paper has moments of satiric genius, commenting on the war through fictitious news items and advertisements.


Read the ‘Wipers Times’ collected here and discover more about humour in war times in our blog ‘laughing at misery’.


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The Wipers times

THE WIPERS TIMES. OR SAL1ENT NEWS. No 2:. Vol 1. Saturdav. 26th Fébruarv. 1916. Pîuce 100 Francs' Editorial. As our previous issue was so well received by the public, we hasten to produce our second number. At the îast moment (by the payment of an enormous sum of money) 'we were able to se Cure the services of Win'fred Honey-Saxwelf, the ...

The Wipers times

THE WIPE RS T1 M ES. OR .gg|gg| SALIE NT NEWS. No 3 Vot I. Monday 6fh March. 1916. Price 200 Francs. Are you tired of thaï hum-drum Existence —The Existence tfaat Kills-— IF SO JOIN THE NEW AND GORGEOUSLY AFFOINTED NI GHT CLUB (NEXT OOOR TO HOTEL DES RAMPA.RTS.) And Lead a Gay aud Fast Lite. —o—o—o—o— MANY DARINGr INNOVATIONS. AU ...

The Wipers times

W.IIP E R S TIMES, X S A LIENT NEWS. »*Wi, No 4. Vol" 2. Monday. 20th Marc h, 1916. Pricb 50 Cswtimes. HAS YOUR BOY A MECHANICAL TURM OF MIND ? YES ! THEN BUY HIM A FLAMMENWERFER INSTRU CTIVE—AM U SI N G. —0—-c—o—o- Both young and ojd enjoy, This natty IHtle toy. -«-0 MMW0 MO*0 «4M GUARANTEED ABSOLUTELY HARMLESS Thousands Have ...

The Wipers times

THE "NEW CHURCH" TIMES. WiTH WHICH IS INCORPOPATED THE WÏPEES TIMES No 1. Vol 1. Mondav. I7th Apnl, 1916. Price 5 Francs. "DEAD COW FARM" CINEMA. THIS WEEK 6M1 OFENING HIGHT. THiS MARVELLOUS PALACE ERECTED AT FABULQUS EXPENSE WILl OPEN ON THURSDAY NEXT WITH THE WONDERFUL FILM M DIDH T VANT T0 DO il FEATURING: 14 Wata Furik " ...

The Wipers times

"NEW CHURCH" TIMES, Jf W1TH WHICH IS 1NC0RP0PATED § I THE W I P ERS TIMES ^ No 2. Voi l. Mondav. 8th May, 1916. Prîce 10 Francs. Iram—Mw Wii^iiri«-»r»TTM»—nrtîrr inTTtru ——— —n—|^-n tt»i>tip»i muni igMiimi m m m ■rnnr— "DEAD COW FARM" CINEMA ' ■■ 11 THIS WEEK—SPECIAL PROGRAMME. "PIPPEÔ ...

The Wipers times

THE "NEW CHURCH" TIMES. WITH WHICH1S INCORPORATED THE WIPERS TIMES No 3. Vol 1. Monday. 22nd May, 1916. Price i Franc. Professer Dodgits Academy. YOU SURELY CANNOT PUT UP WITH THE OLO FASH10NE0 SLEEPY DANCES? NO! THEN H0V(Vm TU TMSHD JOIH OUB CIA& WE GUARANTEE TO TEACH YOU ALL THE NEWEST STEFS IN . . SIX LESSONS. THESE INCLUDE : ...

The Wipers times

"NEW CHURCH" TIMES. K W1TH WHICH IS INCORPOPATED / THE WIPERS TIMESL^AA | No 4, Vol i. Monday. 29th May, 1916. Prîce 1 "Franc. NEUVE EGLISE HIPPODROME. This Week—Daily at 8.3o. —O—O—0—0— SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT FOfc ONE WEEK ONLY OF Willie Kozenzolîerns No. i Company In the New, Great and Stimng Drama—Entitled : "B I G ...

The Wipers times

U Grand Tourîng Concert Party. BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH PROFESSOR SCRAPPER; —o—o—o—o— TI FOLLOfflBU EL BE THE PROGRAMME Cf P.) —o—o—o—o— TROUPE OPENING CHORUS. 1. Song—"When the midnight choo-choo leaves for Pozieres." 2. Solo-" Up I came with my little lot.'' Enrico- WALTHALLO. 3. Concerted item—" Corne ...

The Wipers times

B. E. F. TIMES. F" WITH WHICH ARE INCORPORATED M W The Wipers Times, The "New Church" Times, The Kemmel Times & The Somme-Times. ^ I ww No 1 Vol 1. Friday. IstDecember, 1916, Price 1 Franc i GUILLEMONT HIPPODROME. TI-IIS WEEK—GREAT REVUE. HULLO TA N KO FAMOUS "ALL STAR" CASTE, BOSCH BEAUTY CHORUS —o— (i—o — o— ...

The Wipers times

GRAND XMAS DOUBLE NUMBER. No 2. Vol I. Mondav 25rh December. 1916. Price 1 Franc. PALACE OF VARIETIES, L—- (CENSORED ED ) —n—o—o—o— POSITIVELY THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF ENTERTAINERS WHICH HAS EVER BEEN GOT TOGETHER AT ONE PLACE AND TIME. FOR ONE WEEK ONLY. Miss MIN NIE WERFER. ALWAYS MEETS WITH A THUNDEROUS RECEPTION. ...

The Wipers times

THE B. E. F. TIME S. WITH WHICH ARE INCORPORATED / The Wipers Times, The 64New Church" Times, The Kemmei Times & The Somme-Tiraes. ; . .\k No 3- Vol !. Saturday january20(h, 1917. Price 1 Franc. pmck « migras, i—m — T H î S WEEK, GRAND CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME. B A B E S. AND THE WOOD. - ■ ■ ^ SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT OF ALL THE STARS, ...

The Wipers times

No 4. Vol 1 Monday, Mareh 5th. 1917 P»ice I Franc. TK FOSSE Wlijf VAR1KTISS. This Week—Spécial Engagement. —rvr » * ■■■ THE M A U D E TROUPE IN THEIR SCREAMING FARCE, WHAT'S THE BAG, DAD ? •FEATURING ENVER IN HIS LITTLE SONG "II ÂLL IESSED BP il TOME TO GO." FILM P L A Y S. COMEDY—" WTLEIE'S TURKEY." IN THREE ...