Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher

Mutt & Jeff

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  1. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson said, 11 months ago

    You see, boys and girls, people used to care about their privacy…

  2. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    From back in the day when not everyone had a phone! Back in the late 40s, when we moved from our house o the farm to a house in town, electricity was just being introduced in rural areas – so not everyone had electricity. And those who had “splurged” on electricity were still not so sure about loading up on a whole lot of new-fangled gadgets to go along with the electricity. Even though we eventually got on the bandwagon and had our house wired for electricity – we continued to use our "ice box – rather than splurging on one of those new-fangled “refrigerators.”

    And we HAD heard about telephones – but we didn’t jump on the bandwagon and get one right away.

    My Dad’s reasoning was pretty direct! Since we did NOT know anyone who had a telephone, he could not see the sense of paying someone else to have a piece of equipment sitting in your house which you would never use because you did not actually know anyone else who had a telephone!

    We did have a grocery store on main street which had a telephone and they would let you use the phone if you left a nickel on the counter

    However, those phones had a mouthpiece you spoke into, which was mounted on the wall, and the handle was on a separate cord. So you had to be tall enough to reach the mouthpiece, which was mounted on the wall, in order to place a telephone call. !

  3. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, 11 months ago

    when I was a kid in the early 50’s the little town I lived in in TX
    still had the old crank phones, and an 8 family party line

  4. derry o'sullivan

    derry o'sullivan GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Estrelita Phillips

    What a brilliant account! Many thanks.

  5. derry o'sullivan

    derry o'sullivan GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    I made my first phonecall in 1969 at age 26; my children regard me as non-bionic man…

  6. derry o'sullivan

    derry o'sullivan GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    What is the design on the lampshade?

  7. Tsali Queyi

    Tsali Queyi GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @derry o'sullivan

    looks like a bird on a limb

  8. LarryW2LJ

    LarryW2LJ said, 11 months ago

    I remember our kitchen wall mounted phone with the rotary dial – and the extra long handset cord that stretched so you could get to the sink, oven, refrigerator ………

  9. Tsali Queyi

    Tsali Queyi GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    I still have one of those original crank phones on my wall. Course it’s not in use. We used to use the generator out of one to “call up” catfish.

  10. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, 11 months ago

    Wait’ll he finds out that Suzie lives in New Zealand

  11. alleyoops

    alleyoops GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    When we finally got a phone out in the country after WWII it was an 8-party line. Some of the other conversations were more interesting than our own.

  12. TheAuldWan

    TheAuldWan GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    we had a ten party line that everyone had their own ring for us to listen to, and most evesdropped on your call.

  13. Number Three

    Number Three said, 11 months ago

    Bad move, Mister.

    The size of the phone bill will be as long as your arm.

    xxx

  14. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, 11 months ago

    Homer Simpson at the Library:

    “Do you have the phone book for Hokkaido, Japan?”

    They do, right at the desk.

    “Can I use your phone?”

    “Is this a local call?”

    “Um, yes.”

    Sound of many numbers being pressed on the phone.

  15. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 11 months ago

    Panel 4 brings to mind (at least to mine) the 1960 Bobby Vee song, “Oh, Suzy Darling”.

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