Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

Origins of the Sunday Comics

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  1. Dave4B

    Dave4B said, 1 day ago

    “He had a pony on his cuff”?

  2. starfighter441

    starfighter441 said, 1 day ago


    I think that a pony was $5 or Pounds in the UK, and the cuff was a tab or running bill. So he owed 5 dollars or pounds at some business.

    This is just going on a very vague memory.

  3. Carl

    Carl GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    This sheet of comic strips proves that comedy changes over the years, I do love the art work in the earlier comic strips.

  4. oldwolf1951

    oldwolf1951 said, 1 day ago


    It could mean a $2 debt. The reason I was thinking that was the $2 betting window was the lowest you could bet. $2 bills were the most popular to spend there too. Therefor a $2 bill could have been called a pony for this reason.

  5. oldwolf1951

    oldwolf1951 said, 1 day ago


    And slang for a $5 was usually a fin.

  6. aunt granny

    aunt granny said, about 20 hours ago


    A pony was a cheat sheet. Before taking a test, he wrote answers on his cuff.

  7. SaskSledDog

    SaskSledDog said, about 20 hours ago

    According to Wikipedia a Pony was British slang for 25 pounds (sterling). An alternative meaning which might apply here is to beer. A Pony was a small glass of beer, usually about a quarter pint. Alternately it could refer to a pony bottle, which is about 7 oz. or a pony keg which is about a quarter keg or 7.75 gallons. In general, according to Wiktionary, a Pony can generally refer to any small quantity of alcohol. In this context, having “a pony on his cuff,” might refer to having the price of a small glass or bottle of beer on his bar tab.

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