They Tumbled In Like This!

Illustration: The animals of Zoo-land Animal Antics By Louis Wain Illustration by Matthews. S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

. . . But their heavy weights upon the ice, it grieves me to relate,

Were more than it could bear, and so they tumbled in like this!

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Animal Antics

By Louis Wain

Illustration by Matthews.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Elephant Goes Shopping!

Illustration:  When the Elephant goes shopping  Animal Antics.  Louis Wain.  Illustration by Felix Leigh.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

When the Elephant goes shopping,

Oh, he looks a funny “fellah!”

In both hands he carries parcels,

While his trunk holds his umbrella.

Animal Antics.

Louis Wain.

Illustration by Felix Leigh.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Tennis or What Do They Do That For?

Illustration:  The Jungle Tennis Club.  Animal Antics.  Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

The Jungle Tennis Club.

It was quite a gay company that turned out to the Tennis Match at Jungletown, and as was generally expected Mr. Jimbo came off the winner in the final match with Mr. Leo.

 

Animal Antics.

Louis Wain.

Illustrations by Thomas C. Smith

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Fun Without People!

Illustration:  An Old Fable Re-Told.  Animal Antics.  Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

An Old Fable Re-Told.  –  By Aesop Junior.

There was once a donkey – otherwise an ass – though a donkey can hardly have been even other-wise! Well, this ass (I do not speak sneeringly of him, for donkeys cannot help being asses), as I was saying, this creature lived in the strange country known as Animal-land, where there are no people, and we can only guess at the fun that goes on.

Animal Antics.

Louis Wain.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Elephant’s Party For Canada Day!

Illustration:  Elephant's Concert. Animal Antics.  Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

The Elephant’s Concert.

Oh! what a noise did those big “boys” make!

They roared till the very roof did shake;

The people laughed loudly at the fun,

Yet they were glad when the “song” was done.

 

Animal Antics.

Louis Wain.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Never Be Idle!

Illustration:  The Duet.  Animal Antics.  Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

“THE DUET”

“O COME and listen, come!

Our Master he can strum,

And we can gaily sing

Of April and the Spring.

And if you do not like our song,

Like cats and mice, you must be wrong.

You must be, must be, must be wrong.”

[Editor’s Note:  A “duet” with three singers, “strum” regarding playing the piano and other strange issues.]

Animal Antics.

Louis Wain.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Jack and Jill

Jack-&-Jill-Animal-Antics-SQ

“Jack and Jill”

“Yes, here we are. Two tiny bears. The stony hill we scale,

To bring you water from the top within a wooden pail.”

But, crash! And Jack was on his head – water in the sky,

And when he found his Jill again, they sadly said, “Good-bye.”

Illustration:  Jack and Jill. Animal Antics.  By Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Animal Antics.

By Louis Wain.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

The Careless Bear Barber!

Illustration:  "The Careless Barber."  Animal Antics  By Louis Wain.  S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

“The Careless Barber.”

“I’ll have it short upon the top,” cried little Master Bear,

“But please leave the curly bits and cut the rest with care.”

“I will,” replied the Barber, “for I hardly need say,

My customers are treated in a very careful way.”

But even while he spoke the words, the scissors moved an inch,

And gave the ear of Master Bear a very painful pinch.

His father heard the cry of woe, and turned, his fears to hush,

When down his throat that careless boy let slip the soapy brush.

Animal Antics

By Louis Wain.

S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

Polar Bears Share “A Memory of Home.”

Illustration: A Memory of Home.  From Animal Antics by Louis Wain. Illustrator: Herbert Shark
“A Memory of Home”
Illustrator: Herbert Shark
Animal Antics
By: Louis Wain
S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1900-1910.

1st P. B. – Isn’t it refreshing? I’ve tasted nothing like it since I left Spitzbergen.

2nd P. B. – No Indeed; and even at dear old Spitz we had to take it plain, but here we can get it coloured.

1st P. B. – That reminds me of the advice by friend Nansen gave me when he said good-bye. “If ever you happen to travel in a civilized country,” he said, “be sure to ask for an ice with strawberry flavouring.”

Jacko – Trespassers Will be Prosecuted

Illustration Jacko from Animal Antics
Jacko the Trespasser
Animal Antics
Louis Wain
S. W. Partridge & Co: London. Ca 1906-1910.

When Jacko the monkey escaped from his show, the geese at the farm hissed loudly, “Now go away, Sir, at once!” Are you blind? Can’t you see that notice which says that ‘Trespassers will be Prosecuted?’ Well, then, YOU are trespassing here, and we’ll peck at your heels if your course you don’t steer for some other port, without further delay. Go away! We repeat – go away!! Go away” !!!!

Miss. Mouse’s Music Lesson

Illustration:  Music Lesson.  Animal Antics
Music Lesson
Animal Antics
S. W. Partridge & Co.: London. Ca 1906-1910.

Miss. Mouse is learning music, but she always plays with fear,

Although her brother, as you see, is bravely sitting near.

For at her elbow sits the teacher, Mr. Roar,

Who growls to hear her miss a note, which makes her stumble more.

Oh, when I choose my teacher, he shall have a gentle way,

For if I’m made to tremble, I shall never learn to play.

Gruel is “The Best Cure” for a Cough!

Illustration:  "The Best Cure" from Animal Antics
“The Best Cure”
Animal Antics. Louis Wain. Illustration by T. Crumwell Lawrence. S.W. Partridge & Co.: London. Ca 1906-1910

The weather’s so severe, that it’s affected me just here,”

Said Mr. Jimbo, pointing to his chest;

“But though my cough is cruel, I’ll cure it with some gruel,

For of all the cures I’m sure it is the best.”