The Good Old Days

by Laurel | February 26th, 2013

“When things are ripe, we should eat what we can and can what we can’t.”

Today I couldn’t resist posting this cartoon by Erwin L. Hess, in part because of the reference to Social Security. It isn’t Holyoke specific, but it represents an attitude that was probably found most everywhere in America.

This cartoon was published in the 1950’s — though it references an older time as you can see my the clothing the characters are wearing — and I can remember reading these (and other newspaper comic strips) when I was a child young enough where I was a new, stumbling reader  and struggled to find the humor. Erwin L. Hess was a genius in my opinion, I had totally forgotten about him and just stumbled across this one. You will probably want to click through to view the largest size.

Apparently Hess was a big football fan — you can read more about him and the amazing collection of football clippings he assembled along with his son Dale at this bio link — and take a look around the website, there are some cartoons for sale among other things. Brings to mind  Jimmy Hatlo as well …

Anyone else remember this comic series?

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days, by Erwin L. Hess.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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