Cartoons: Mother-in-Law

Poor mothers-in-law have been the butt of humorists’ jokes for decades. These cartoons from the 1950s prove it!

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Husband taunting his wife about her mother... and his mother-and-law.
“I see they’ve just named a hurricane after your mother.”
Peter Wyma
November 20, 1954

 

Mother-in-law rides on a flatbed trailer being pulled by her daughter and son-in-law. The daughter is displeased with how he is treating his mother-in-law.
“If I was mother I wouldn’t speak to you either.”
October 27, 1956

 

A woman and her mother packs their bags as they leave her husband.
How did I insult your mother finally?”
George Wolfe
October 16, 1954

 

Woman pretends her husband gives his love to his mother-in-law over the phone.
“Just a minute, mother, George said something….What did you say, dear?…All right, dear…He says be sure to give you his love, mother.”
Edwin Lepper
August 14, 1954

 

Mother turns to her husband and asks him a question while her mother is on the other end.
“It’s mother. Is there anything you want to apologize for?
Gustav Lundberg
March 17, 1951

 

Man and his mother-in-law sit angrily in separate rooms
“Make sure your mother comes in to say good-by to me when she leaves. It’s one of the few pleasures I have left.”
Dick Cavalli
March 1, 1952

 

Mother hands the phone to her husband so he could hear her mother.
“It’s mother, dear. She wants to say something nasty to you personally.”
Chon Day
February 23, 1952

 

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Comments

  1. The visual of number 2 is brilliantly degrading, isn’t it?!

    In the 3rd one George Wolfe really conveys Mom packing as fast as she can. What DID he say to her??

    I love number 6. The body language, the caption, and that futuristic ‘50s Googie-style ‘boomerang’ carpeting!

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