Cartoons: Let’s Play Pool

Are you living on hell’s front porch this week? Escape the heat with our cool pool cartoons!

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“It looks awfully cold to me.”
Harry Mace
July 11, 1959

 

“Powerful backstroke he’s got there.”
Edwin Lepper
June 20, 1959

 

“John can’t wait to take a dip when he gets home from work.”
Brad Anderson
June 13, 1959

 

“Hastings, could I have a word with you?”
Jeff Keate
May 30, 1959

 

“That does it! Tomorrow you go back on your diet.”
Jerry Marcus
April 2, 1960

 

“While they’re on vacation we’ll have the whole pool to ourselves.”
Bob Gustafson
July 25, 1959

 

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  1. Well yes, of course. #4 is all kinds of wrong, including that diving board at the (I’m presuming?) shallow end of the the pool I overlooked 2 days ago. This cartoon could be based on fact; where the construction was done while these neighbors were away on vacation, coming home to find this monstrosity.

    Could Hasting’s neighbors be held legally liable too, if an accident happened with the ladder and scaffolding being on their side? Not sure. The deep end is probably 8′, making it safe for only the slide OR low diving board at that end. The high boards would need more like 12′ to not hit the bottom diving. I have a feeling the whole thing was quickly dismantled with some well placed phone calls before anything bad happened.

  2. The diving boards oner the slidw are coming from the next door neighbor’s yard–hence the caption.

  3. It sure looks like it to me also, Bob. As for my favorite here, I’ll have to go with #5 down by Jerry Marcus. Just a dive or two almost emptied the pool. Sooo embarrassing; poor guy. #4 is insane. Olympic size pool diving boards in your back yard pool, almost on top of each other just above the (normal) slide attached.

    Love #3 by Brad Anderson, especially the way he drew the splash and the clothes flying! The car was a trip too. Very futuristic for the time, especially the windows and roof line. No full-size car with huge horizontal fins and tear drop shaped taillights for this guy. And the good old days before diving boards and slides were outlawed. Just checked the temperature: still 99 out (3:45). Only mid-June. Yuck.

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