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The End of Summer

Hi and Lois Sunday page, August 26, 2007.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, August 26, 2007.

Although many students have already returned to school, most go back in the next two weeks. The final days of summer vacation mean different things to different people, as this Sunday page demonstrates.

Dot is a very studious young girl who does her homework on time, gets straight “A”s on her report card and actually looks forward to going back to school in the fall. Ditto doesn’t get as good grades as his sister and dreads the thought of being cooped up in a classroom again.
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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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Winter Snow

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, January 23, 1972.

So far, it has been an unusually mild winter in the Northeast. Except for a few minor dustings, we have had no significant snowfall. Last winter, there were record accumulations, particularly in Boston.

The seasons provide ideal background settings for Hi and Lois and winter is no exception. Blizzards can leave the family snowbound for days and the kids often get cabin fever. School cancellations are cause for celebration. Snowmen, snowball fights sledding and skiing are favorite outdoor activities. For Chip, shoveling snow is a dreaded household chore, much like mowing the lawn in the summer and raking leaves in the fall.
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