National Geographic Magazine February 1951
“Eat the cob” is Amish gangster slang for being murdered, especially in cases involving the illegal trade in counterfeit butter churns.
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The little woman is having a tough day.
Box full of pots and pans found in a dumpster enclosure.
I was just thinking about how people like to pull out the kids who don’t know what different old analog machines are and make fun of them (like corded phones, answering machines, phone booths, tape recorders, old video cameras, even CD players and MP3 players etc.)
When I was growing up we definitely still watched Looney Tunes, and there’s a LOT of stuff in old cartoons that is completely unknowable even just 40 or 50 years after the fact, and actually I had to do a lot of research to find out where those tropes and objects came from or what they were. But I also want to say that I was never really questioning it as a kid. I was never confused about what I was seeing in an intellectual way, it was just “oh something older that is a prop for this joke” and I think people take for granted just how unimportant it is to know what an object is in order to get the idea for it when you see it being used. That is one of the great boons of human intelligence is that we are tool users and makers. Throughout the history of cartoons we famously see objects *invented* just for gags, so I find it weird that people are like “lmao can you believe floppy disks!?!”
Some interesting things from old classic cartoons that many people take for granted:
- Old appliances (below: an old open style toaster), there are a lot of times you will see very uncommon kitchen features, especially gas stoves with a lot of drawers, or rudimentary ice boxes. Kitchen of the future cartoons are GREAT for this. We also see different kinds of clothes washing gags, especially washboards and manual wringers. You see physical comedy like this phased out over time because the lack of safety features on appliances injured a lot of kids and they didn’t want them getting any ideas from cartoons.
- Changes in electrical sockets (electrocution was common in older cartoons because sockets used to be a lot different, see toaster plug above for example) Once in awhile you still see old gas lighting jokes in cartoons because some (older even when Golden and Silver age cartoons were being made) houses were lit with built-in gas lamps! This was a time of many fires.
- the old “oil slick” trick during a car chase is a remnant of early track racing and total loss oil systems where they would simply pump oil manually into the engine and it would fall out onto the track, for whatever reason they love to put this in “spy cars” but it’s one of the weirder tropes - also you can still see hand crank cars in some older cartoons
- Alum (there a lot of forms of Alum, named for the aluminum chemical component) is a gag in old cartoons where the protagonist puts it in food or drink and the antagonist’s mouth shrinks up - it was a common pickling agent and astringent with a variety of uses. I’m not totally sure this joke would have landed when it was popular.
- Phones are a pretty interesting thing to watch evolve. It’s not that phones are uncommon in cartoons, but there certainly are a lot more phone booths and “Can I use your phone?” and some finer points of phones in society and it’s hard to explain that culture now. People used to have to coordinate calls to people’s homes, businesses, or booths/public phones so there were a lot of numbers to know and phone books, as well as the phone line Operator (a common thing in classic cartoons that seems unimaginable now), were really important.
- People used to have a lot of things delivered to their homes that seem unusual now, including ice and milk. Many people are familiar with the *concept* of milk being delivered, or they’ve seen “little fairy doors” which are the old milk doors, but it’s because refrigeration was not common in homes until the 1930s and 40s. Catalogs were the way to order anything else for a long time, and you often did need to if the U.S. Mail was the only person you would see aside from your neighbors for months. Cities and towns used to be really far apart.
No freezer, just a place to make ice cubes. “Long Island Ice Teas for everybody!”
National Geographic Magazine May 1927
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