Old Sturbridge Village

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 17, 1961.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 17, 1961.

The Hi and Lois Sunday page, shown above, was inspired by a trip the Walker family made to Old Sturbridge Village in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

This living museum, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, recreates life in rural New England from the 1790s to the 1830s. There are 59 buildings on 200 acres, including a Blacksmith Shop, a Cooper Shop, a Tin Shop (shown below) and a Shoe Shop. Costumed actors help visitors learn about how people lived and worked in the past.
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The Mark Twain House

Twain House

Between 1874 and 1891, Mark Twain lived in a unique home in Hartford, Connecticut, designed in the American High Gothic style (shown above). Twain sold the house in 1903 and the Mark Twain Memorial, a non-profit group, rescued it from possible demolition in 1929. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and a visitors’ center with a museum was added in 2003.
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Comic Strip Crossovers

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Beetle Bailey, which began on September 4, 1950, is the strip that Mort Walker is most often associated with. Hi and Lois started four years later on October 18, 1954. Not many readers are aware that there is an important connection between the two strips. Lois Flagston is Beetle Bailey’s sister.
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