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Saturday Comic

For today, we return to a very common theme that we find in comics from that era. This is from the cartoon “All in a Lifetime” by Beck, and it’s dated August 28, 1947.

All in a Lifetime, August 28, 1947

All in a Lifetime, August 28, 1947

As I’ve said before, that’s the age that kids are growing like weeds. That’s why his feet are bigger; they’d be bigger regardless of whether he’d gone barefoot all summer long. Thus, he really did save all that shoe leather. Duh.

PS. Note the visual similarity to this other “All in a Lifetime” comic from 1939. Just the complaint has changed.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today let me pull up a really old Dennis the Menace comic, dated June 30, 1964.

Dennis the Menace, June 30, 1964

Dennis the Menace, June 30, 1964

It’s interesting that since the time of that cartoon, keeping horses barefoot has become an item of interest. Here’s the Wikipedia article: Natural Hoof Care; and here’s an article on Barefoot Hoofcare.

And if Dennis is concerned about the poor barefoot horses, what about poor barefoot Joey?

 

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Saturday Comic

Today I’m going with an old (October 11, 1952) Nancy comic. The strip started in the 1930s, drawn by Ernie Bushmiller.

Nancy, October 11, 1952

Nancy, October 11, 1952

It’s probably not worth mentioning that she’s really not barefoot any more with those “sandals” on (and her feet cannot flex properly).

However, it is most interesting that, back then, the mother’s concern is not “Don’t go barefoot”; it’s “Keep off the grass”.

 

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Saturday Comic

Here’s an Out Our Way (by J. R. Williams) cartoon from August 5, 1964. Most of these strips in the 1960s, as far as I can tell, are repeats from the 1940s or so, so I suspect it’s really from sometime around then.

Out Our Way, August 5, 1964

Out Our Way, August 5, 1964

Regardless, it hearkens back to a time when not only did kids normally go barefoot for the summer, they were actively subversive in doing so. Nowadays, so many don’t seem to have a clue in that regard.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s a Beetle Bailey comic from November 3, 1969.

Beetle Bailey, November 3, 1969

Beetle Bailey, November 3, 1969

I have to admit that I find feet to look rather goofy. And if I see somebody else barefoot in a store it looks rather odd. But I think that is really no more than the unfamiliarity of it—it’s just not something that we, even barefooters, see very often.

However, that does not mean that I don’t fully appreciate the form and internal structure of the way bare feet work so well in bearing our weight (and how much better feet work barefoot than in footwear).

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from an old strip called Cuties, by E. Simms Campbell. Campbell was the first African-American cartoonist to really break out, and regularly appeared in Esquire Magazine, among others. He also did the Cuties comic strip.

This cartoon was published on January 16, 1960.

Cuties, January 16, 1960

Cuties, January 16, 1960

Of course, to all of us, that answer should always be, “Yes!”

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Saturday Comic

OK, it’s very, very late Saturday. So late that everybody insists on calling it “Sunday”. But better late than never.

Today’s comic comes from Rose is Rose. It was published on May 29, 1996. It was sent to me by a reader of this blog.

Rose is Rose, May 29, 1996

Rose is Rose, May 29, 1996

Out of the mouths of babes . . .

[H/T: Jason]

 

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