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Comic Con: 1939

Comic Con: 1939

        The comic: "The Circus and Sue," by Claire S. Moe.

April 1939. San Augustine, Texas. "Grade-school boys making books of comic strips." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Comic-strip books

As a kid I used to clip my favorite strip, Peanuts, and paste it into a scrapbook, the short black-and-white dailies as well as the color weekend funnies. Imagine my amazement (and retroactive feeling of wasted time) when I discovered that a publisher of books did more or less the same thing and came out with annual collections of the same strips.

Inquiring minds want to know

First of all, they already have books of comic strips all around them, why would they separate them and re-make them again? Was it just busy work to keep them occupied? Secondly, what is the boy using to cut out the comic strip? Those aren't like any scissors I have ever seen, nor is it a paper cutter. What is the point of this exercise?

[That's a hole punch. Capisce? - Dave]

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