Cartoons: The Not-So-Good Old Days

Some things about the America of yesteryear were great! Other things, not so much.

Woman needs to maneuver around leering men to ask someone a question.

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Wife chastises her husband for constantly changing the television channel
“You’re never satisfied…always changing channels.”
Bill Harrison
April 28, 1956

 

Secretary tries to talk to her boss through his cigarette smoke
“You still in there, Mr. Watson?”
Bob Barnes
September 3, 1955

 

Husband repairs the fuse box while his wife makes breakfast with a variety of electrical appliances.
“I’ll man the tubes, you make breakfast!”
Wilkinson
September 3, 1955

 

Woman needs to maneuver around leering men to ask someone a question.
“You’ll find his office just past the obstacle course and to your left.”
E.D. Diamond
March 27, 1954

 

Caveman inventor creates the wheel while his stupid friend asks him a question.
“What good is that thing? You can’t hit girls with it.”
Gallagher
March 26, 1955

 

Two office workers talk in front of the water cooler.
“Well, another year, another $4,376.82.”
Hank Baeb
January 7, 1956

 

Frustrated wife is upset after a tough day at home.
“No! You can not have a great big smile.”
Chas. Skiles
November 20, 1954

 

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Comments

  1. Don’t change anything, please. Cartoons hilarious! Best magazine I ever received!
    Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The cartoons aren’t meant to be funny in today’s world. They are meant to remind one of far gentler times where humor was found in the simple things.

  3. I enjoy the cartoons – even though most are not relevant or real funny today… Society has changed- the world has changed…

  4. This mid-50’s batch isn’t so good for the women, is it? In the 1st one he’s worn the rug out trying to tune in only 1 to 3 channels. I wonder if how many times she’s asked him to call the TV repair guy, and he’s refused.

    With #2, this woman’s boss has smoken himself into oblivion. At least it (unrealistically) stayed around Mr. Watson.

    #3 is probably pretty accurate for the time, but her job definitely looks harder and more stressful.

    #4 (as we know) is wrong on so many levels today to get into, but was funny in ’54 for being relateably accurate.

    #5. Shameful, but not too far off the mark for some TV and print ads back then of non-cavemen’s treatment of
    women.

    #6 I don’t get this one so much, other than $ 4,300.00 in ’56 is worth $41k today, which isn’t as good as it sounds.

    #7 A real disaster for sure, not limited to just back then. I saw Felicity Huffman (as Lynette Scavo) on ‘Desperate
    Housewives’ in overwhelmed scenes like this numerous times in the 2000’s!

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