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commented on Nancy
5 days ago
Another masterpiece! I am thankful that Nancy has been consistently wonderful under the Gilchrist guidance for so many years. Nancy has become a true gem of total perfection. It is a real joy to see Nancy, her friends and family every day. May we wish many happy returns to the thankfulness of this day. And, since we still have a few days to go before Thanksgiving Day itself arrives – possibly there will still be room for Sam and Teddy to add their Thanks to the growing list.
commented on Brevity
5 days ago
Re – rje2 GoComics PRO Member said, about 11 hours ago
(10+2+4+8) / 4 = 6 (The mean number)
2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 = 30 divided by 5 ALSO = 6 – so – no matter how you slice it – 6 is STILL the “mean” or average number!
commented on Alley Oop
6 days ago
Re – Nun’Ya Bidness said, about 5 hours ago
So, who’s the next brilliant criminal or oddball inventor to be taken?One truly brilliant oddball inventor/Car Talk radio show host (deceased about 3 weeks ago [Alzheimer’s]), Tom Magliozzi. Now, he would derail the evil empire and make us laugh while he did it.
The law firm which the Brothers mention at the end of their program every week is Dewey,, Cheatham and Howe – a law firm which Oopsters discussed a while back when lawyer Dewey wandered through Moo.
commented on Mutt & Jeff
25 days ago
Re – bh12 said, about 10 hours ago
@Lois. I’m from NYC, and can remember (from the 1940s) horse-drawn carts for delivering ice to people (such as us) who had ice-boxes. Also, in the late 1940s (in NYC) there were men selling vegetables from horse-drawn carts.
As late as the 50s, even in big cities like Denver, a great many people had chicken coops or a chicken pen in their backyards. With Thanksgiving coming up, we will probably see some old-time comic strips which show a family getting a LIVE turkey for Thanksgiving, keeping it penned up in the backyard – then falling in love with it and not being able to turn it into Thanksgiving dinner! As late as the 40s and 50s, even in big cities like Denver, we could see live turkeys in backyards when we went to Denver to do stuff like Christmas shopping.
commented on Mutt & Jeff
26 days ago
RE – greenearthman said, about 9 hours ago
I would think even earlier, Lois. For sure, there were no horse drawn conveyances in our part of southeastern Ohio by the early 50s, which is about as far back as I can remember. If you lived out west though, I’m sure it was a little different.
Actually, there are still a number of very active Amish communities in Ohio, most of whom still depend on horses for their transportation. My favorite catalog for non-electric products is Lehman’s, which is headquartered in DALTON, OH. You may not notice them – but horses and buggies are still around – even in 2014!
RE – Jim Douglas said, about 17 hours ago
My brother drove a horse drawn enclosed bread wagon. The horse would know where to stop on his route without any help from my brother. There were also horse drawn ice wagons, milk etc.
I went to summer camp about 1954. The camp was an old CCC camp which had been converted for kids to learn stuff like canoeing and other “woods craft” type skills. I made friends with a girl who lived in Broomfield, which is now considered to be a suburb of Denver. However, at that time, there were actually still many “family farms,” mostly small operations, in the Broomfield area. My friend’s family had a small farm with some chickens, goats, ducks, geese and a couple of milk cows. Even though they had a couple of milk cows, they still had milk regularly delivered by a dairy. The milk man came in a horse drawn wagon. In the mornings, he would go right into the kitchen (in those days, even near a big city like Denver, most people didn’t feel that they needed to keep their doors locked.) The milkman would bring the fresh milk in and put it in the refrigerator in the kitchen, then pick up the used glass milk bottles and take them along with him. His horse knew all the stops, and he usually didn’t even need to use the reins for the horse. Also, when we first moved from our farm to a house in town (small eastern Colorado town), most people still used ice boxes. The R.E.A. was just getting off the ground in our area, and most houses still needed to be wired for electricity before the homeowners could take advantage of having electricity available. So, for the most part, everyone had an ice box and bought ice from the ice man. The ice man brought his ice in a horse-drawn cart and delivered to us, both when we lived out in the country and after we moved to a house in town. Sometimes, when he brought the ice, his daughter would go with him. My sister and I just loved her (she was older than we were) – so, whenever our folks needed a babysitter, they would ask her to babysit whenever her Dad delivered the ice to our house. In those days, we not only did not have a telephone – we didn’t even know anyone who had a telephone. After we moved to town, someone from the local telephone company stopped by the house to ask if we wanted a telephone and my Dad laughed at him and said he didn’t see the point of paying someone to have something in his house which no one could use, because we didn’t know anyone who had a telephone and, therefore, wouldn’t have anyone to call! A few years later, my grandparents got a telephone, so all of their kids eventually got a telephone as well. We also had a man who lived in our town who had a team of horses and a wagon. He would pick merchandise up at the train station when it was shipped from some place like Denver – and then he would deliver it to whomever was supposed to receive the merchandise. People laugh at the old Western movies, which show people on horseback, riding up and down the street – at the same time that there are also automobiles on the street. But that was actually the way it was in a great many small, rural, Western towns.
commented on Mutt & Jeff
27 days ago
I am guessing the 40s. Even as late as the 50s, I remember deliveries still being made by horse-drawn buckboards. Of course, we lived in a small western town, but I remember seeing horse-drawn buggies in even big cities, like Denver, during the 50s.
commented on Gasoline Alley
about 1 month ago
I am hoping that, this year, Skeezix and Walt will talk over some of the great times which they used to have back in the days when they took their annual walk through the woods to watch all of the fall colors. I am also hoping that, this year, Walt and Skeezix will remember the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7 and Veterans’ Day on November 11. Seems like, since it is so easy for all the comic strips to remember Halloween – sometimes throughout the entire month of October – someone somewhere should be able to remember a few of the other observances as well.
Years ago, the Rocky Mountain News in Denver began to cut out a lot of the older comic strips – including Gasoline Alley, Prince Valiant, Alley Oop, Heathcliff, Marmaduke, Tiger, Hi and Lois, and dozens of others. Then, slowly but surely, the Rocky Mountain News just kept on cutting out other comic strips as well. Then, suddenly, one day, the Rocky Mountain News discovered that the only option which they had left was to close down the newspaper altogether. It seems to me that one of the reasons why so many newspapers are going broke is because too many of them forgot that the comic strips are the ONLY part of the newspaper which no one could get anywhere else. Then, the comic strips began to become available on the internet. I personally like the Internet comics better because it is easier to enlarge the pictures until the dialogue is readable – a feature NOT available through printed newspapers. Or, for that matter, through the newspaper’s counterpart, usually offered by the newspaper’s official web page.
commented on Nancy
about 1 month ago
Re – IamJayBluE said, about 2 hours ago
Very good example!
It seems to me that the popularity of Esther Williams movies in the 40s and 50s could be a major reason why Aunt Fritzi and Phil spent to much of their date-time either at the beach – or at the local swimming pool!
Aunt Fritzi and Phil at the Beach and at the Poolat FritziRitz.comhttp://www.fritziritz.com/?paged=58
Re – IamJayBluE said, about 17 hours ago
I say this all the time.. and not just for famous entertainers… There are “everyday folk”, too, who also have shared their talents with us all in our everyday lives, in one way or another, and who aren’t “media darlings”… and who barely get a mention, or a brief “hmm…” before people move on, that is, in comparison to the “24 hr. news cycles” about people we don’t personally know, but seem to get a lot of attention..–And too, when it comes to celebrities, specifically, I’ve also seen how some celebs get just a brief mention, but certain other ones get a whole “parade”, almost, in all the papers, mags and TV networks ..
I would agree – there were very few mentions of Esther Williams when she passed away last year – except for a movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies. But I can surf over five or six channels on any given day, and come up with a Robin Williams marathon. Many of our older celebrities made significant contributions – yet, their contributions are ignored. It seems to me that Esther Williams was the one who spear-headed the movement to add synchronized swimming to the list of recognized Olympic sports. She lived to the ripe old age of 91! That feat alone should have put her in the record books – but her passing was barely noticed!
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