Under the pen name Saki, Hector Hugh Munro delighted Edwardian London with his own particular brand of satirical and sometimes macabre storytelling.
Saki served as an infantry officer during the Great War, ultimately meeting his end at the hands of a German sniper with a crack shot and particularly acute hearing.
Concerned that wisps of smoke could give away their position, he warned a fellow officer to:
“Put out that bloody cigarette!”
Unfortunately for poor old Saki, the sound of an Edwardian gent barking an order was a far better way of spotting a target than a cigarette’s worth of smoke. He was shot dead seconds after giving this famous final order.
The pieces below were given the look of an early twentieth century cigarette card. They replicate the lo-fi printing quirks of the era, take colours from antique cigarette packaging and use a couple of typefaces with a feel of the period – Bosox and Mercury Script.
I do hope, dear reader, that you’re enjoying the project so far, there are plenty more pre-mortem utterances to come.
Don’t forget to share some of your favourites in the comments section of this post…
Just do it quietly, you never know who’s listening!