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

 

The Menace of Mechanical Music

 

Talking Machine World Cartoons

 

Talking Toy Humor

 

The Yellow Kid & Pore Lil Mose

 

Uncle Josh's Stories and Records

 

What day is it? - George & Gracie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 



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

Additional Menace of Mechanical Music cartoons

 








 

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



 

 

 

 

Corner from comic strip School Days and Ophelia by Clare Victor Dwiggins 1909 (Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics)

 




 

"The Seven Musical Ages of Man Up-To-Date," The Talking Machine World, December 15, 1908

 



 

From comic strip School Days and Ophelia by Clare Victor Dwiggins August 5, 1909 (Collection of Paul Tomey)



 

School Days by Clare Victor Dwiggins, New York Evening World, 1909







Postcard by Clare Victor Dwiggins, 1909



 

"WANTED an operator on an Edison Phonograph" - Postcard by Clare Victor Dwiggins, 1910

 










 

Life magazine, November 17, 1910

 

 





Artist: Otho Cushing, Life Magazine, ca. 1910

 





 

Punch (?), c.1910

 

 





 

 

Postcard, circa 1910

 

 

 

 

Baseball Game of the Western Talking Machine Jobbers' association as illustrated in the Milwaukee Journal and reprinted by Voice of the Victor, July-August 1911

 

Every Little Bit, Added To What You've Got, Makes Just a Little Bit More. Arthur Collins, Victor No. 5295

Any Little Girl, That's a Nice Little Girl, is the Right Little Girl For Me. Billy Murray and the American Quartet No. Victor 16560, 1910

We Won't Get Home Until Morning Bill. Billy Murray, Columbia A-602, ca. 1908

 

 







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



 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

That Hawaiian Record

Life Magazine, 1917 (Courtesy Library of Congress)

 

 



 

Bringing Up Father by George McManus 1918 - Courtesy of King Features Syndicate (Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics)

 

 



"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

 

 

 

 

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.




 

 




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

 

 





 

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

 

 

 

 

May 15, 1938 Los Angeles Times (Courtesy comicbookplus.com)