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The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards were held this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. NCS President Bill Morrison asked cartoonists to do a special Memphis-themed drawing to be used as a centerpiece for each table at the awards dinner. The original art for these has been and will be auctioned off to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. In addition, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau donated $10,000 to the NCS for the rights to use these cartoons on their web site and in brochures to promote the city.
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Playthings of the Past

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 7, 1964.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 7, 1964.

This Sunday page appeared in newspapers long before kids had video games and computers to play with. In the early 1960s, Dot and Ditto didn’t know what they were missing. They had a console television to watch, a phonograph for listening to records and many traditional toys, including a ball, a jack-in-the-box, blocks, a ring-toss game and a spinning saucer.
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Boys Will Be Boys

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 29, 1962.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 29, 1962.

In this charming Sunday page, Hi takes a nostalgic trip back to the days of his youth. As we have documented in previous posts, chronological time is often stretched in comic strips to accommodate the needs of a particular gag. The flashback scenes suggest that Hi was “Chip’s age” during the 1930s, which would have made him over 40 years old when this episode appeared.
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