Cartoons: Dear Old Dad

We like to give dads a hard time, but we don’t know what we’d do without them!

Frustrated father with crying baby listens to a complaint.

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Angry father listens to his son explain his poor report card
“Frankly, it’s all I can do to stay at the foot of the class.”
Goldstein
November 17, 1951

 

Son tosses a football at his tired father
“What kept you? Let’s go!”
Harry Mace
November 15, 1952

 

A frustrated dad at a family picnic
Everything tastes so much better outdoors — the ants, the sand, EVERYTHING!
Stan Hunt
September 13, 1952

 

Kids tie down their dad like the giant from Gulliver's Travels
“–now we have to wait until the giant wakes up.”
Marty Lowenstein
August 4, 1951

 

Parents wait for their son to unfurl his diploma after his college graduation
“Let him unwrap it! It represents a $6,000 investment and I want to be sure it isn’t a blank!”
Dave Gerard
June 2, 1951

 

Frustrated father with crying baby listens to a complaint.
“It’s the man upstairs. He says if you’re going to sing, he’d rather hear the baby cry.”
Hank Ketcham
May 26, 1951

 

Father explains why there are three phones on a table
“I have three teen-age daughters.”
O’Brien
April 10, 1954

 

Father tries to lift his son out of the snow.
“It’s not that he’s so heavy, Daddy. You’re standing on his skis.”
Larry Harris
February 2, 1952

 

A father's dog stare downs his kids.
“Come and see him, dear; he’s perfect for the children.”
Harry Mace
December 15, 1951

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the correction. Sometimes it’s a challenge to decipher those signatures!

  2. They really are all very funny so it’s harder to pick one favorite. Definitely the one about the father’s singing, followed by Dad’s questioning his $6k investment on his son, then the top two, and finally my most favorite of Dad’s screaming sarcasm about “EVERYTHING tasting SO much better outdoors!”

  3. The father’s singing cartoon is by the great Henry “Hank” Ketcham, creator of Dennis the Menace. The O’Brien signature is the way that Jack O’Brien signed his work in the 50s-70s. Nice to know that he made the Post, the goal of every cartoonist of his era.

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