17 July

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The First Edition of Punch Came Out Today

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Gin Punch #1

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The first edition of Punch was published on this day in 1841. Its founders wanted to create content that was of a higher literary standard and less bitter than other British comic publications.

The name Punch was settled on when someone remarked that the magazine should be like a good Punch mixture - nothing without Lemon (referring to Mark Lemon, the magazine's first editor) - whereupon founder Henry Mayhew shouted, "A capital idea! Let us call the paper Punch!".

Today we are drinking to the memory of this great magazine with a Gin Punch.

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