Cartoons: Mechanical Difficulties

If you think a visit to your local car mechanic used to be a pleasant experience, these cartoons from the early 1950s will set you straight.

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Mechanic talking to a car owner in his garage.
“First let me give you the good news—your horn is in excellent condition!”
Harry Mace
December 9, 1950

 

Mechanic talking to a car owner in his garage.
“Offhand, I’d say it’s going to cost you plenty—and of course that’s just an estimate.”
Huffins
December 2, 1950

 

Mechanic talking to a car owner in his garage.
“…it’s not much when you figure the nerve it requires to give that kind of estimate…”
Mel Lazarus
October 7, 1950

 

Mechanic talking to a car owner in his garage.
“All you need is a new set of spark plugs, but, naturally, it’s going to cost you more than that.”
George Wolfe
September 16, 1950

 

“All you need is a new set of spark plugs, but, naturally, it’s going to cost you more than that.” George Wolfe September 16, 1950
“See if that’s any better.”
Chon Day
July 28, 1951

 

“All you need is a new set of spark plugs, but, naturally, it’s going to cost you more than that.” George Wolfe September 16, 1950
“I used to think of it as my transportation. Now I think of it as your livelihood.”
Stan Hunt
December 16, 1950

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Comments

  1. I do love the cartoons. I think the title should of Chon;s should be As Elaine said
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  2. I love # 3 (Jim’s Garage) here the most, but more than a few of these mid-century mechanics are pretty nervy with their bold comments to the customers. I have to wonder how differently females would have been treated.

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