Where else could you possibly enter a site
dedicated to Bristow than at.....
The Staff Entrance
For here is where we enter the headquarters
of the massive Chester-Perry Organisation, founded by Sir Reginald Chester-Perry
himself. And here one man shows a spirit of defiance, individuality and
humour that typifies the human condition in the face of oppression and
tyranny. Well, up to the point that the wages come round anyway.
This is the story of that man.
Bristow was drawn by
Frank Dickens. He produced more than 14,000 strips since 1961, the
majority published in the London Evening Standard between 1962 and 2001.
Sadly, his illness in 2010 brought the creation of new strips to a halt
but you can still see a different one every day on his website. Frank
died on 8 July 2016, aged 84, and the Standard reported it here. There was also an obituary in the Daily Telegraph.
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and also in the drop-down menu that appears on each page. These pages
are part of Guter.org. Nearly all pictures
are clickable and will display the full cartoon strip and publication
information, and can be freely moved around the screen.
If you wish to contact the author of this site, Anthony
Guter, then email here
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tablet, but it is bit awkward to replicate with your finger the equivalent
of a mouse-down click.
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The odd, the bad and the ugly
Bristow in print - collections of strips
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information about how this cartoon started, appearances in other media,
some of the strips that maybe should not have turned out as they did
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- buying clerk supreme
What can we say about the man himself,
the buying clerk's buying clerk, the devoted employee who after
eight and two thirds years of loyal service is still 18th
in line for Chief Buyer. In this section we try to get to the heart
and soul of Mr. R. Bristow
The Soul of a Buying Clerk
Bristow vs.The System
Getting to Work Sleep
Life in the dreaded
colossal business empire founded by Sir Reginald, the Chester-Perry
empire embraces many diverse businesses. The Head office is
a huge, monolithic brick building, parts of which are still being
explored, bricked up, flooded by tea trolleys or used for many nefarious
purposes. Sometimes people work there as well.
How Big is C-Ps?
The Buying Department The Firm's
Canteen Where is C-Ps located?
The Typing Pool The
House Journal The Sick Bay
Other departments The
firm's colours Sir Reginald'
s standard Sexism
in C-Ps The Great
Tea Trolley Disaster of '67 Other
Northern branch Two men in the
some of Bristow's colleagues
A mixed bag of crawlers and skivers,
drunkards and layabouts, oily little gits and aggressive intolerant
pen-pushers. Ah, the joy of office life.
Atkins of Accounts
Sampson of Sales Hickford
Toady Thompson the firm's crawler
Peterson of Public Relations
Mr. Gordon Blue
Casanova Cooper of Costing
Mr. Cole the firm's barrack-room lawyer
Mr. Tracer the firm's sleuth
The New Man in the Accounts
Young Upstarts in the Buying Department
Benny (the Duke) Gibson
Ratcliffe of Records
Muscles Maddox the firm's bully
Mr. Meeke the firm's scapegoat
more to life than Chester-Perrys - but is it life as we know
always busy around the Chester-Perry Building. If its not Messrs
N Walters & Son trying out another desperate business venture,
it's the Blondini Brothers ("Scaffolding to the Gentry")
putting up another floor to the long awaited Myles & Rudge extension.
The Traffic warden dispenses parking tickets whilst the bureaucrats
of various "hi-speed" Government bodies plot to ruin everyone's
life. Its a wonder that Bristow can get to work at all.
& Rudge Gun
N. Walters & Son
Funboys Tours ("Hols for the Prols")
Heap & Trotwood
Miss Pretty of Kleenaphone
British Hi-Speed Rail and others
The Park Keeper
Traffic Warden 232
The Tramps Elvis Boggis
Greedy Fella Sandwich bar
Joe's Joke Emporium
The Dreaded Hulines
a humble buying clerk may feel superior to some people - here's
Bristow cultivates and seems to be on good terms
with the underclass at C-Ps - the tea ladies, the liftboy, the post
boy, the janitors, the switchboard operators and most significantly
the factory workers. Do they regard him as one of their own, or
do they see him as inferior, someone to be pitied rather than respected?
Things are different with the sharp-tongued girls of the typing
pool, who will call him "creep" behind his back. But that
may because he wastes so much of their time with his writings, singing
into the Dictaphone and practical jokes (from Joe’s Joke Emporium).
What defines this group as inferior? - easy, these are the people
who aspire to becoming buying clerks.
Mrs. Purdy the tea lady
Mary on the switchboard
School-leavers and assorted highly unlikely would-be Buying Clerks
The workers in the factory
Charlie of the machine shop
Sir Reginald's Chauffeur
Bosses - a tribute
does Bristow stick it at Chester-Perry's? He is 18th in line for
Chief Buyer, remember. One day he might actually become Chief Buyer.
If he does then he will join the hallowed ranks of Management at
whom he has spent so much time thumbing his nose (often literally).
Here you will find a few of the people he hopes to rub shoulders
The Lady Chief Buyer
Directors of the C-P organisation
WJ Turner (the firm's hatchet man)
does a buying clerk do when he is not at work?
There is more to life than slaving away at
a desk for eight hours a day. The firm provides wholesome and uplifting
activities through the ever popular Sports and Social Club. The
clerks while away many an idle hour with a relaxing game of desk-top
football. Once a year Bristow fires up the old motor car and tootles
off for two blissful weeks of sea, sand and sunburn. But the ultimate
escape is to make it as a best selling writer and Bristow misses
no chance to add to his impressive list of works.
The Sports & Social Club/
The Christmas Dinner and Dance
The Collected Works of Bristow
The Poetic Urge
Brain Surgery for Beginners
Paper Clips and their uses
A song or two
The Glee Club
The Works brass band
Bristow 1962 - April 2001
is copyright ©Associated Newspapers Limited, who have kindly
given their permission for the reproduction of the images in this
Since April 2001 Bristow is copyright ©Frank Dickens.