forbiddenplanet: Ten great cartoonists - (above) Heath Robinson with a wonderful mix of his bizarre inventions and gimmicks combined with humour and wartime propoganda here. Visually clever, funny and at the same time also an understated nod to the sheer determination of the general populace to defeat the Nazi menace
William Heath Robinson (signed as W. Heath Robinson) (1872–1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator, best known for drawings of eccentric machines.
In the UK, the term “Heath Robinson” has entered the language as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contraption, similar to “Rube Goldberg" in the U.S.
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