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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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Lessons in History

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1962.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1962.

In the 1959 pilot for “The Flintstones,” the name of the family was “The Flagstones.” When the animated primetime show debuted on American television in 1960, it was changed because a similar name was already being used in Hi and Lois.   Perhaps the Flagstons were descended from a family in Medeival times that was in the patio, paving or roofing business.
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