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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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Current Events

Hi and Lois daily strip, August 21, 1964.

Hi and Lois daily strip, August 21, 1964.

Although many of the themes in Hi and Lois are relatively timeless, the strip has, over the years, also reflected the changing times. “Everything that goes on we make fun of,” Mort Walker once explained. “From the space race to coonskin caps, TV dinners and the Cold War, there isn’t anything that isn’t grist for the gag mill. Although social comment is not entirely new to the comics page, the way that reality is incorporated into the daily life of the Hi and Lois characters could be considered unique.”
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