Pencil Humour in the 1930s
From the 1930 Laurel and Hardy movie Brats: You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be le(a)d.
Pencil Humour in the 2010s
British pencil humour these days is very different. If you want a taste you can watch episode six of the BBC’s Fleabag. I won’t repeat the pencil joke here as it involves a hamster and is rather explicit2.
Another quote from Fleabag then: People make mistakes. It’s why they put rubbers on the ends of pencils.
David Rees Pencil Humour
The author knows that David Rees’s pencil sharpening is to some extent comedic but looks at all the claims from the point of view of a botanical illustrator – someone who works with graphite and coloured pencils.
The Three Horse Pencils photo is from a previous blog post.
The screenshot has been taken from Fleabag episode six. I believe that the use of the image shown in this blog post, falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.