Cartoons: Happy Birthday!

It's The Saturday Evening Post’s 200th birthday, and we’re celebrating with a few birthday cartoons!

Weekly Newsletter

The best of The Saturday Evening Post in your inbox!

SUPPORT THE POST

Want even more laughs? Subscribe to the magazine for cartoons, art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

 

Birthday cartoon
“I counted only twenty-nine. Are they being continued on another cake?”
Walter Goldstein
April 30, 1955

 

Birthday cartoon
“Oh, George…. how sentimental!”
Bob Barnes
March 16, 1957

 

Birthday cartoon
“Happy birthday.”
George Crenshaw
March 3, 1951

 

Birthday cartoon
Al Kaufman
February 24, 1951

 

Birthday cartoon
“Every candle! Isn’t that grand, dear? George gets his wish!”
Tom Henderson
December 1, 1945

 

Birthday cartoon
“Only 38 candles? This is a surprise party!”
Syd Hoff
April 5, 1952

 

Birthday cartoons
Harry Mace
November 17, 1956

 

Birthday cartoons
“It is something of a tradition in our family, celebrating my wife’s thirty-fourth birthday.”
Glenn Bernhardt
September 27, 1955

 

Want even more laughs? Subscribe to the magazine for cartoons, art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

Become a Saturday Evening Post member and enjoy unlimited access. Subscribe now

Recommended

Comments

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU, and celebrating with these wonderful cartoons! Let’s dig into these, right now. The opening ‘toon (or #5 here) takes the cake. The visual Tom Henderson creates of the entire top of the cake blowing into George’s face is priceless, but the real frosting is Mom’s disturbingly sweet yet maniacal smile and hand gestures! A well intentioned yet atrocious moment captured forever.

    Goldstein’s top cartoon is getting very catty there between the ladies. Watch out. # 3 is a new low in ingratitude, especially since it’s his money; and those presents were expensive! I feel badly for the lady in # 4. She tried hard. Let’s hope it’ll taste good. Watch out for the ladies in #6. The one on the left is treading on thin ice. So is the little boy in #7. Hopefully Dad can fill in the holes and repaint it without too much trouble or expense, and knows his son loves him. Still, it was the front door, so you know some kind of (50’s) ‘time out’ is coming.

    #8 at the bottom is one last (indirect) dig at the birthday girl’s age. Hubby’s in for a scolding after the guests leave, if not before.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *