Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. franbarces

    franbarces GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    how cute!

  2. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, over 3 years ago

    The shoes are just a distraction.

  3. scrabblefiend

    scrabblefiend said, over 3 years ago


    Wait unt;il she is about 20, then shoes will be all she wants. Maybe have about 30 pairs or more in her wardrobe.

  4. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 3 years ago

    You got that right, Alice!

  5. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 3 years ago

    At least Alice can still enjoy a trip to the shoe store. Have fun, Alice!

  6. Erik Van Thienen

    Erik Van Thienen said, over 3 years ago

    Now, shoe-fitting X-ray fluoroscopes, THAT was what I call fun! (The last recorded sighting of a shoe-fitting fluoroscope in service was in Boston in the late 1970s!)

  7. Puddlesplatt McLearn

    Puddlesplatt McLearn said, over 3 years ago

    I sold shoes in the late 50’s, and smelly feet are not my cup!

  8. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    One of the things I like about being “grown up” (and out) is that my feet don’t change size and I can own a dozen pair. When I was a kid, it was saddle shoes, saddle shoes, saddle shoes. And, Erik, I agree – I loved those flouroscopes.

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    Yep, I can visualize my green feet with the bones in them. We’d stand in front of the device, stick our feet into a recess at the bottom, and peer down onto our X-ray’d foot inside a shoe. We could watch our bones wiggle. Magic! . . .Later there was talk about radiation correlating with higher cancer rates, blah de blah. But it was fun while it lasted.
    Re: Fun with mirrors – once when I was about twelve, I spent quite a few minutes walking around our little house while staring at a mirror under my chin. I pretended I was walking on the ceiling and having to step over a high barrier when going into another room. (That was the wall between the top of the door and the ceiling.) I amused easily.

  10. OldestandWisest

    OldestandWisest said, over 3 years ago

    @Erik Van Thienen

    Do you know that at one time, X-rays were used by reputable doctors as a cure for ACNE? My grandfather was an early radiologist and he used them on my aunt’s face for that purpose. I don’t know if it cleared up her pimples, but later in life, skin cancers practically ate up her face. So all of the precautions we take nowadays to avoid unnecessary exposure to X-rays are definitely a good idea.

  11. Ermine Notyours

    Ermine Notyours said, over 3 years ago

    I was born in 1967, and I barely remember fluoroscopes. Only I mis-remembered them as electric scales with a back-projected moving display. Didn’t know why they had them in the shoe department of J. C. Penny’s, until I read about them more recently.

  12. JP Steve

    JP Steve said, over 3 years ago

    They were all unplugged in my childhood (’50’s) — still on the salesfloor though.
    A blast of x-rays through the kiddies’ feet and on into their gonads…cringe!

  13. waykirk

    waykirk said, over 3 years ago


    I can remember the old machines at the shoe store as well.

    Must have been five or six in the very early fifties.

    Hey! Cool! I can see my foot bones.
    I dont know about the cancer rates. Yet.

    The old Sarge

  14. amaryllis2

    amaryllis2 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Through the eyes of a child. Alice just made my day.

  15. ntheodorakis

    ntheodorakis GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It’s impressive how well Richard remembers “kidthinking.”

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