24 Computer related 1950s cartoons by A.E. Beard


This small archive consists of 24 original hand-drawn cartoons by noted illustrator and cartoonist A.E. Beard. They offer a wonderful and light-hearted glimpse into the early days of computing.

The group all date to the mid 1950s to mid 1960s and are drawn using pencil on stock paper ranging in size between A5-A4. These look to have come from Beard’s personal sketchbook and while none are signed, many bear his name and address stamped on the back.  Some bear a cross next to the cartoon which suggests they were probably rejected for publication either by Beard or a magazine editor and as such will never have been publicly displayed. It was usual practice for ideas to be initially submitted in this pencil form, with the chosen cartoons then being more meticulously ‘inked up’ for publication.

A.E. Beard was an accomplished and well respected English illustrator and cartoonist working through the middle decades of the 20th Century. He worked for many of the leading publications including Punch, Evening Standard and New Scientist. A very brief biography can be viewed here.

Across the group the condition is still quite good and they will frame up well. A few bear crease marks or light spotting, and all have light discolouration to the paper as to be expected for their age. We have mounted one to show how it looks and are happy to work with any perspective buyer to mount or frame the rest.

Please visit the related blog post by clicking here to view all the cartoons in full.

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