Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dubble trubble

To enjoy yesterday’s Henry, we must remove from our cultural archives all traces of The Boys from Brazil, The Shining, and Village of the Damned. We must place ourselves in a world in which jobs are advertised on pieces of paper taped to store windows. Also, a world without an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Also, without photocopiers. In the Henry world, copies are made with an A. B. Dick Mimeograph or some second-rate duplicating machine. Perhaps a Dubble?

Here is a wonderful advertisement for A. B. Dick. I like its clarity and conviction:

[Life, November 11, 1940. Click for a larger view and greater conviction.]

A related post
All OCA Henry posts (Pinboard)
Mimeograph duplicator (another Life ad)

comments: 4

The Crow said...

Did Henry have a cat? I seem to remember one that followed him. Perhaps a different comic strip.

Michael Leddy said...

I don’t think so. There’s Henry’s mother, his “girl” Henrietta, and a bully. His household seems to have any number of relatives floating in and out. Makes me think of Depression life.

Slywy said...

i liked the Wikipedia article on Henry.


(I too thought I'd seen a cat with Henry, but perhaps it was a street stray.)

Michael Leddy said...

Interesting article. The linked piece about African-American characters in the strip is especially interesting.