Chip’s Paper Route – Part 2

Here is a Sunday page from 1971 during a period when Chip had a job delivering newspapers.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 13, 1971.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 13, 1971.

Chip was about eight years old when Hi and Lois started in 1954. Over the next few years, he gradually evolved into a teenager and has remained about fifteen years old ever since. This change provided a fertile source for gag material.
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Chip’s Paper Route – Part 1

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Chip Flagston got a job as a paperboy in 1970 and, like many boys his age, had his first experiences in the world of business. I had a paper route delivering the Greenwich Time in the mid-1960s, which might have inspired my father to come up with this idea.

Collecting money from his clients, counting his meager earnings and eventually being outdone by a papergirl taught Chip responsibility, integrity and how to get Ditto to do his deliveries for him.
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Spring Romance

Chip Flagston discovered girls in the 1960s.  See the previous post, “Summer Romance” from August 28, 2013, to see how his transformation began.

In this strip from 1968, Hi and Lois are observing the change in Chip.

Hi and Lois daily strip, January 16, 1968.

Hi and Lois daily strip, January 16, 1968.

Once he learned to appreciate the finer qualities of the opposite sex, Chip’s interests went from avoiding homework to meeting his girlfriend at the library.
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