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Jane Gay, Lady Jane Grey, British Army, Pett, World War

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Jane's Journal cartoon strip A Safe Act published 16th November 1938 Originally entitled Jane's Journal - Or the Diary of a Bright Young Thing, the salacious strip featured the misadventures of the title. The hapless heroine had a habit of frequently losing her clothes. Her intimate confidant was a pet dachshund named Fritz. Her full name was Jane Gay, a play on the name Lady Jane Grey. The original model was Pett's wife Mary, but success came when he began to use Chrystabel Leighton-Porter as the model. The strip became enormously popular during the Second World War and was seen as morale-boosting, Jane rarely stripped to more than her undergarments, but then she made a fully nude appearance when getting out of a bath and clumsily falling into the middle of a crowd of British soldiers. It has been suggested that, as a result of this appearance, the British Army advanced five miles in North Africa.The original version ended in 1959 with Jane settling down with charmer Georgie. The Mirror tried to revive the character on several occasions. One such strip was Jane - Daughter of Jane, who was apparently the original's grown-up offspring, but she lacked her mother"'s charm and innocence. A further attempt was made in the 1980s."

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Color Black & White
Keywords 1930s,One Young Woman Only,Robbery,Robbers,Gun,Safe,Cartoon
Credit Mirrorpix / GIW Photos
Year 1938
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