Cartoons: Weighty Matters

These mid-century cartoons remind us that people have been trying to slim down long before Pilates and power shakes!

Doctor asses his patient's weight gain

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Man at a weight scale and fortune teller machine
“’You are a leader, with a magnetic personality and strong character. You are intelligent, witty, and attractive to the opposite sex.’ It has your weight wrong too.”
Bernhardt
October 16, 1954

 

Woman tries to shoo a butterfly away from a scale
“Skat!”
Roy Williams
September 11, 1954

 

Doctor offers woman pills
“I want you to take a white pill before dinner. The red pill is dinner.”
Bernhardt
August 6, 1955

 

Doctor asses his patient's weight gain
“According to your weight you should be nine feet, six and one half inches tall.”
Harry Mace
July 17, 1954

 

Woman shops for undergarments
“I don’t want to wear it – I just want to scare myself into staying on my diet.”
Merry Lear
June 16, 1945

 

Man on a weight scale
Kenik
March 21, 1953

 

Woman on a weight scale
“Well, back to the yogurt.”
Herb Williams
December 11, 1954

 

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Comments

  1. When I was a child our family doctor had a huge wooden desk with glass on top. Under the glass was a comic of a large man at the doctors office. The doctor was handing him a bottle of gigantic pills and said something about he was not suppose to swallow them but was to drop them on the floor and pick them up one at a time.
    I have looked and looked but cannot find that comic. The ones above have the same look so I know it was probably from the 60’s.
    Can you suggest any way that I could find this one comic?

  2. Love these light hearted weight comics that we can all appreciate. People need to learn to laugh at themselves more.

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