Cartoons: On the Job

These cartoons from the 1950s will have you laughing at the lighter side of labor.

Painter is on the side of the ship telling a woman through a porthole that they have docked.

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Two workers having lunch, one is using a saw to cut the crust off his sandwich.
“Gee, Bill, you’re missing the best part of a sandwich when you don’t eat the crust.”
Tom Henderson
May 6, 1950

 

Car salesman is caught sleeping in the trunk of a showroom car.
“So this is where you spend your time, Townsend!”
Lundberg
April 29, 1950

 

Painter is on the side of the ship telling a woman through a porthole that they have docked.
“Yes, ma’am, we docked two days ago…”
Mel Lazarus
April 15, 1950

 

Two elevators porters arguing
“You’re supposed to say ‘Up, please’ or ‘Down, please – not ‘Workers, arise’ and ‘Down with capitalists’!”
Bo Brown
April 15, 1950

 

Painter on a clock notices that the minute hand has carried his paint bucket to the other side of the face.
Lamb
April 1, 1950

 

Two window washers talk on a platform high on a skyscraper
“It’s ten o’clock, Ed, time to start down for lunch.”
Bill O’Malley
April 1, 1950

 

Two painters eating lunch in the White House
“Well, I certainly never thought I’d be having lunch at the White House.”
Graham Jackson
Febraury 12, 1949

 

Two workers talk in front of a coal furnace.
“Doesn’t it make you want to curl up with a good book?”
Mort Walker
December 18, 1949

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Comments

  1. The Mel Lazarus cartoon here shows one of the things he was doing 20 years before he hit comic strip gold with “Momma” (1970-2016). Definitely one of my favorite strips, along with some of the realistically illustrated continued story ones like ‘Apartment 3-G’ and ‘Friday Foster’.

  2. These bring back memories My best friend & i used to laugh ourselves silly in 6th grade (c1957) when we’d look @ Saturday Evening Post cartoons in school -to our teachers chagrin!

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