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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Parlor Slacker: 1918

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The Parlor Slacker: 1918

1918 slackers: The check dodger, car seat caretakers, the parlor slacker, slackerette and planting a grandmother. Perhaps someone could explain that last one. View full illustration.

Now Look What You Went An' Done: 1910

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Now Look What You Went An' Done: 1910

"Bub - He's Always to Blame" by Everett Lowry. Published January 1, 1910. View full comic.

The Newlyweds - Their Baby: 1910

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The Newlyweds - Their Baby: 1910

"The Newlyweds" by George McManus, published January 1, 1910. View full comic.

Take My Wife: 1920

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Take My Wife: 1920

"Eddie's Friends" for June 13, 1920. More thigh-slapping hilarity. View full size.

The Dictator: 1920

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The Dictator: 1920

"Eddie's Friends" from June 6, 1920. Hold onto your chair. View full size.

What May Poles Stand For: 1918

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What May Poles Stand For: 1918

"The Inbad Family" by Cowan. Published May 1, 1918. View full comic.

Pa's Perfectly Frank About It: 1918

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Pa's Perfectly Frank About It: 1918

That Son-In-Law of Pa's by Charles H. Wellington. Published May 1, 1918. View full comic. You can find more in our new comics section and don't forget to subscribe to the comics RSS feed.

 
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