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Cartoons: How’s Business?

Published: January 11, 2012

“Mummy, they’re having so much trouble—couldn’t I say a word for the stock market?” from January 18, 1930


"Mummy, they’re having so much trouble—
couldn’t I say a word for the stock market?"
from January 18, 1930

Out of the mouths of babes… This timely cartoon appeared in the Post in January 1930!

 n the 1930s, the entire country was suffering from a great depression. Fortunately, they have pills for that now.” from September/October 2011


"In the 1930s, the entire country was suffering from a great depression.
Fortunately, they have pills for that now."
from September/October 2011

The kid knows his history! This is from one of our favorite cartoonists, Randy Glasbergen. Read more about him in our feature, Meet the Cartoonist: Randy Glasbergen.

“Boy, did we have some excitement around here last month.” from October 6, 1945


"Boy, did we have some excitement around here last month."
from October 6, 1945

Any little bit will do.

Church Sign: “Today’s Sermon: ‘The Stock Market Giveth, The Stock Market Taketh Away.” from May/June 2006


from May/June 2006

Amen. This is from another favorite Post cartoonist, Harley Schwadron, featured in Meet the Cartoonist: Harley Schwadron.

 “In today's economy, it's important to diversify! Put some of your money in your mattress, some in a cookie jar, bury some in the yard….” from July/August 2009


"In today's economy, it's important to diversify!
Put some of your money in your mattress,
some in a cookie jar, bury some in the yard…."
from July/August 2009

Good advice, but it’s depressing when your 401K fits into a sugar bowl. Another great Glasbergen cartoon.

 “I take it that business isn’t exactly booming.” from January/February 1993


"I take it that business isn’t exactly booming."
from January/February 1993

This is from 1993, but it depicts where today’s economy is, in a nutshell.

“I finally put something aside for my retirement. I put aside my plans to retire.” from May/June 2009


"I finally put something aside for my retirement—
I put aside my plans to retire."
from May/June 2009

So much Glasbergen, so little time.

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  • Evelyn Long

    I love reading the cartoons most of all. We always need some good laughs in our lives. Thanks!

  • Ronald Wilder

    Very funny< I was born during the Great Depression (1935). The boy had it right. Times were hard. People were depressed. My Dad and Mom broke up
    when I was 6 at the beginning WWII. My 6th birthday was bad news, the Japanese attack on P H Hawaii, 12/ 07/ 1941. How would like having a day that
    will live infamy be you birthday?

  • Mary A. Berger

    These cartoonists are great. They hit the nail right on the head. Hope you keep them around to make us laugh, sometimes at ourselves.

  • Peter Sharp

    I’m 79 and grew up in the war years in England. We always looked forward to The saturday Evening Post. We didn’t know how it got here but it never missed.
    We read it and passed it on….. should have kept them all.

  • Fran Webb

    I remember my mom subscribed to the Sat Eve Post when I was growing up. I would look at all the cartoons first and esp the Hazel Cartoon. It always was at the end of the magazine. I have enjoyed reading alot of articles. This has always been one of my favorite magazines.

  • Gertrude Johnson

    I am so old that I don’t mind stating my age. It is 86. That puts my growing up years in the ’20′s and 30′s. Although times were hard, we always had magazines. Among them was the Saturday Evening Post. I am grateful that the magazine has survived through all those years.

  • Ida M. Borhauer

    I got a laugh from them all. Thanks, I needed that!

  • Charles Neumann

    Very funny. Sad, but funny. Of course, they remind us that hard economic times have been around before.

  • JOE

    AS USUAL TOP NOTCH