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Football Fans

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 5, 1978.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 5, 1978.

The Sunday page above is another superlative example of Dik Browne’s pen-and-ink technique and compositional skills. He added depth to his panels by providing background details like clouds and church steeples and his use of blacks throughout the page give a balanced look to the overall layout. The incidental characters are humorously drawn and distinctive. The evocative silhouetting in the second-to-last panel helps to set up the final punch line.
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Sugar and Spice

“What Are Little Boys Made Of?” is a popular 19th century nursery rhyme that first appeared in a manuscript by the English poet Robert Southey (1774–1843).

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails

And puppy-dogs’ tails

That’s what little boys are made of

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

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Leaf Raking

There was a time when the sound of leaf blowers wasn’t constant during the fall season.  I remember raking leaves into piles on canvas tarps and dragging them to the driveway where my father burned them.  It is against the law to burn leaves without a permit in most towns now.  On the rare occasions when I do smell burning leaves, it makes me nostalgic for autumns long ago.
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