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Thacker C F (BILL)

Year working: 1915 - 2006

Main cartoonist for The Autocar over a long period. Mainly pen and ink with blue wash. ‘Bill’ Cecil Fox Thacker was born in Colwyn Bay in 1915 and though he was self trained he was one of the UK’s leading cartoonists, particularly for transport subjects. He started selling his cartoons to Motor Cycle in 1939 and after war service he worked for BOAC as a technical artist. He turned freelance in the 1950’s and thereafter contributed to many UK publications such as Autocar, Daily Mirror, Reveille and Tit-Bits. He also drew a weekly strip cartoon for the Practical Gardener. A book of his cartoons – ‘The Taming of the Screw’ was published in 1984. In the 1960’s he was living in Windsor, Berks. He died at the age of 91 in November 2006.

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