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A Sunday Drive

The first Hi and Lois Sunday page ran on October 14, 1956. Here is a classic example from the following year.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 1, 1957.

This page showcases the style Dik Browne used in the early days of the strip, which was more typical of his advertising work. His love of detail is evident in the final panel. As the strip evolved throughout the 1950s and 60s, his technique became cleaner, with elegant line work and less cluttered layouts.
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The Tracy Twins – 1957

Three years after Hi and Lois started, Dik Browne moved his family from 106 Rynda Road in South Orange, New Jersey to 85 Rivergate Drive in Wilton, Connecticut.

Dik’s studio was in the basement of the house in Wilton. “It was a very informal set up, not meant for public viewing – a private workshop,” Chance Browne recollected. “It was right next to the laundry and all of the chaos that engenders coming and going. He would just get up early and stay up late every day. He was pretty much a full time worker. If he was awake, he was at the table.”
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A Holiday Party

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is often a time for visiting with the neighbors. Although the liquor doesn’t flow quite as freely as it did back in the 1960s, cocktail parties are still in vogue. With increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, it’s a real bonus when the destination is within walking distance.
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