Cartoons, Comics & Humor with Phonograph Connections


Assorted Pre-1950


Assorted Post-1950


Archie and Friends


Comic Book Covers


Dennis the Menace




Political Humor




Talking Machine World Cartoons


Talking Toy Humor


The Yellow Kid & Pore Lil Mose


Uncle Josh


What day is it? - George & Gracie





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.




Courtesy of John Harnbrock and the





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





Phonogram, June 1892




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.



From Appleton's Magazine and John Philip Sousa's article "The Menace of Mechanical Music," reprinted by The Talking Machine World, August 1906



"Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" for the "Phonograph Fiend" - postcard 1907




Life magazine, November 17, 1910



Artist: Otho Cushing, Life Magazine, ca. 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.



Postcard, circa 1910



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 (Courtesy Library of Congress)



"New Jazz Brand Record" by C. R. Allman, February 16, 1918 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)



"Wonder What a Certain Dog Thinks About". Cartoon by Clare Briggs, from Philadelphia Evening Ledger, November 25, 1919. Commons Wikimedia- Courtesy scan by Ron Evry





"Wonder What a Music Demonstrator Thinks About" by Clare Briggs, 1921 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)

"The Talking Machine" by Clare Briggs, 1922 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)


1924 Life magazine by T.S. Sullivant




T.S. Sullivant (Courtesy Animations Treasures Blog)


J.R. WIlliams, 1932, Courtesy The Syncopated TImes - Joe Bebco November 29, 2018

Read wikipedia about J.R. Williams and his comic strip series Out Our Way





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."



Rube Goldberg cartoon (unknown date)

Courtesy of Steven Ramm and The Antique Phonograph December 2018



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





The Saturday Evening Post, January 1, 1955







Nancy, 1961 - Courtesy Ernie Bushmiller and United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


November 1963



Herman, February 11, 1987 Courtesy of Jim Unger







The Family Cirus, February 11, 1987 Courtesy of Bill Keane




June 22, 1991 Courtesy of Jim Unger


Dagwood, 2001

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





Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest April 13, 2003



Courtesy of Syncopated Times




Blondie, 2012

©King Features Syndicate, 6-25-2012






Calvin and Hobbes, September 2014

Artist: Bill Watterson







The Listening Room

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, Stereo Review, August 1980






Test Record - Second Opinion

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, Stereo Review, May 1987







25 Watt Hi-Fi

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, HiFi & Music Review reprinted in February 1958 Stereo Review









Slightly Used Tape Recorders

Artist: Unknown








Artist: Charles Rodrigues, November 1980 Stereo Review







Divine Sounds

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, Stereo Review







The Purists

Artist: Unknown





Celestion Speakers Ad, Audio magazine 1987


Lincoln Journal, October 3, 1991












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




R. Crumb, 2005





Mother Goose and Grimm

Artist: Mike Peters, 2018







Artist: Wayno & Piraro, 2018







Artist: Joan Cornellà, 2017










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

















Courtesy of Mark Anderson of


Capitol Record Club, Magazine Advertisement 1965




Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of

Bee-Gees, The Honey Bees (The 60's Girl Group)




Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of 2016



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




Courtesy Vinyl Tourist




Available for purchase from Cartoonstock




Buddhist Public Humor Group (Facebook) - Courtesy of Ravin Man Bajracharya


Laura by Pat Sullivan (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)

Described as a snip off, after Felix The Cat, called "Laura" which is created by Pat Sullivan based on Sunday comic strip between 1926 and 1935.

"The Stage of the World"

ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, June 19, 2020

Comic Book Covers

Dick Tracy, 1957






Little Dot, 1960





Edison had predicted in 1878 that the phonograph would be used as a Family Record "for the purpose of preserving the sayings, the voices, and the last words of the dying member of the family -- as of great men--the phonograph will unquestionably outrank the photograph." This 1951 cartoon carries on that theme with the tape recorder now the technology of choice for recording sound in the home.