PHONOTOONS

Comics & Cartoons with Phonograph Connections

 

Dennis the Menace

 

Archie and Friends

 

Peanuts

 

The Yellow Kid

 

Talking Toy Humor

 

 

 

Frank and Ernest

Artist: Bob Thaves, 2002

"Mary had a little lamb..." were the first words reported spoken by Edison into his tinfoil phonograph on December 6, 1877 at Menlo Park, NJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punch, April 6, 1878 - "I thought it was a Sewing-Machine."

 

 

 

 

In 1871, Mary Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa, revolutionized the industry by patenting an iron with a detachable handle. This newspaper woodcut is from 1878.

 

 

 

 

 

The Yellow Kid and His New Phonograph

Artist: R. F. Outcault, 1896

 

 

 

 

Hello! Santy!! - Cartoon by Albert Reid

Topeka Mail and Breeze, ca. 1897

Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society: "In this humorous cartoon, Reid depicts the cultural icon Santa Claus as he is about to fill a stocking with gifts. Santa is shocked and alarmed when the newfangled phonograph blurts out a recording of the child's Christmas wish list."
 
 

 

 

 

 

Happy Hooligan

Artist: Frederick Burr Opper, 1900

 

 

 

 

In 1900, Frederick Burr Opper created the always-in-trouble Happy Hooligan, a comic strip character who was known for his tiny tin-can hat. This cartoon (above) is panel number 1 from the June 21, 1903, a comic strip entitled, "Happy Hooligan Takes His Little Nephews to the Photographer," published by William Randolph Hearst newspapers.

 

 

 

 

 

Pore Lil Mose - The New York Herald

Artist: R. F. Outcault, 1901

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Harper's Weekly, 1908

In 1908, for the first time in history, Americans could listen to the recorded voices of the presidential candidates, Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat William Jennings Bryan.

In this cartoon, Bryan reacts in horror to his own statements for "government ownership," "initiative and referendum," and "any old ism"; his criticisms of previous Democratic nominees, President Grover Cleveland and Alton Parker; and his contradictory comments for and against imperialism.

Bryan bellows to his vice-presidential running mate, John Kern, who is turning the gramophone, to stop the infernal racket. Between them the dog of "hard times" wails, while on the shelf (upper-left) a bust of Andrew Jackson, on a base inscribed "Thomas Jefferson," casts a distressed glance at the party's current standard-bearer.

(Source: Harpweek.com cartoons)

 

 

 

 

Edison Phonograph Monthly, August 1908

William Jennings Bryan, in his Presidential bid of 1908 recorded a series of cylinder phonograph records for the Edison Phonograph Company. In this cartoon, Taft is seen complaining that he has missed out on this innovative campaigning. The Edison Phonograph Monthly in September 1908, however, announced the release of 12 Edison Records by William H. Taft made at Virginia Hot Springs, after Mr. Taft delivered his speech of acceptance at Cincinnati. The EPM called this an announcement of great importance, noting that "no matter how the November election may result we shall have Records by the next President. This makes new history. It indicates progress."

 

Making the Taft Records

The morning papers were filled with accounts of Taft's 'canned speeches.' Everybody ... was discussing them as well as the report that Mr. Bryan said the opposition had stolen his campaign thunder. They all seemed greatly interested in the part that the Edison is playing in the Presidential campaign.

...both Messrs. Bryan and Taft gave the Edison first choice for introducing their personal views into American homes. Was ever such a compliment paid a talking machine?

As reported by The Edison Phonograph Monthly, September 1908

 

 

 

 

Suggested "Ad" for a Graphophone Company

Why go the Metropolitan Opera House when you can sleep so much more comfortably at home?

Artist: Life Magazine, 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punch (?), c.1910

 

 

 

 

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 20, 1913

This 1913 cartoon is one of six panels from a comic strip of predictions by Robert Donald, managing editor of the London Chronicle, about the future of newspapers. It was reprinted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1913 and posted in a blog by Stephen Roth in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Mutt and Jeff by Bud Fisher, c. 1911

Everybody's Doin' It Now was one of a trio of songs written by Irving Berlin in 1911 that revolutionized American popular music.

Everybody's Doin' It Now sheet music courtesy of Library of Congress

LISTEN to Zonophone Record No. 816 by Harry Fay, 1911

Zonophone Record Everybody's doing it now - 1911

Postcard ca. 1912

 

 

 

 

 

That Hawaiian Record

Life Magazine, 1917

 

 

 

Henry

Artist: Carl Anderson, 1935

This tradecard shows Henry spinning upside down on a turntable. Henry was a popular cartoon character first appearing in the comic strip by the same name in 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This line was said by Grouch Marx in the 1933 movie "Duck Soup"

"You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.

You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle."

 

 

 

 

Bringing Up Father by George McManus - Courtesy of King Features Syndicate

 

 

 

 

 

Dagwood, 2001

Artist: Dean Young & Denis Lebrun, 7-1-2001

 

 

 

 

Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest April 13, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Blondie, 2012

©King Features Syndicate, 6-25-2012

 

 

 

 

 

Sita Sings the Blues, c. 2003

Artist: Nina Paley & Stephen Hersh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin and Hobbes, September 2014

Artist: Bill Watterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Listening Room

Artist: Stereo Review, August 1980

 

 

 

 

 

Test Record - Second Opinion

Artist: Stereo Review, May 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Watt Hi-Fi

Artist: Stereo Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slightly Used Tape Recorders

Artist: Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi-Fi Performers

Artist: Stereo Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Sounds

Artist: Stereo Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Purists

Artist: Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Tracy, 1957

 

 

 

 

 

Little Dot, 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buckets - LPs vs. CDs

Artist: Greg Cravens, October 7, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Attraction of Vinyl

Artist: Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old-School Music Streaming

Artist: Bizarro, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's a Record?

Artist: Bill Amend, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Goose and Grimm

Artist: Mike Peters, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Bizarro

Artist: Wayno & Piraro, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Recco

Artist: Joan Cornellà, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, July 6, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Mark Anderson of Andertoons.com

 

 

Capitol Record Club, Magazine Advertisement 1965

 

 

 

 

Cartoon tribute to Allen Koenigsberg, author of the Antique Phonograph Monthly and Phonograph expert, from American cartoonist Bud Sagendorf, 1973