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The Parlor Slacker: 1918

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.

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Planting a grandmother

I agree with Curvilinear. . . he's giving his boss some story about a grandmother as an excuse to leave work to attend a ball game.


Sounds very modern, if you mean 1992 or so!

The "Parlor Slacker" is clearly a gay man unnerved by that brazen hussy's inappropriate advances.

No Subterfuge Experience

Since Ken needed an explanation of the "planting a grandmother" illustration he apparently has not practiced the art of subterfuge. Good on him!

Planting a grandmother

Perhaps he's telling his boss his grandma died and he has to leave work to go to the funeral when he really just wants to go to the baseball game?

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