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A Valentines Day Assortment of Cartoons

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentines Day to all my readers – be it romance or romantic in nature, our predecessors dealt with the oddities of dating and mating as well.  In that spirit enjoy this bevy of cartoons from our heyday dealing with this most odd of human activities.

Source: Life Magazine, 1893

Source: Life Magazine, 1900

Source: Life Magazine, 1901

Source: Life Magazine, 1896

Source: Life Magazine, 1900

Source: Life Magazine, 1900

Source: Life Magazine, 1901

Source: Life Magazine, 1892

Of course we have to close with something a bit more tender in tone…

Source: Life Magazine, 1900

Cartoon goodness – Cats Fighting a Fire

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Source: Life, 1896

If you think modern people have a love of cats doing cute things – check out the same drive in our ancestors as well.  It makes me wonder if people even further back found cats/dogs/other small animals doing human activities cute as a button.

The more things change….

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Source: Life Magazine, 1909

If any of you watch television during the day, or late night hours, you’ll inevitably see an ad for some sort of “Art Institute” that offers you the chance to learn to draw at home and translate that training into an incredible career.  What I love about this ad is it combines three powerful messages – your creative aptitudes can lead to a career, you can make a fabulous salary, and you can potentially work from home to get to that point.

Oh and for the record – the salary mentioned above in today’s terms would range from $589/week to $2400/week, thanks to the Inflation Calculator.  Nice pay scale if you can believe it.