PHONOTOONS

Cartoons, Comics & Humor with Phonograph Connections

 

Assorted Pre-1950

 

Assorted Post-1950

 

Archie and Friends

 

Comic Book Covers

 

Dennis the Menace

 

Peanuts

 

Political Humor

 

PhonoJokes

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 





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.



 

 

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







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

 










 

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

 

 





 

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."

 

 





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



 

 

 

PHONOTOONS POST-1950

 

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: 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of Creators.com

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

 

 

 

Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of Creators.com 2016

 




 

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

 

 

 



Courtesy Vinyl Tourist





 

 




 

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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.





Comic Book Covers

Dick Tracy, 1957

 

 

 

 

 

Little Dot, 1960