HI and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 20, 1962.
The technique in the strip above, using a primitive drawing style to express a child’s point-of-view, probably goes back to the earliest days of cartooning. We have featured it many times over the years in Hi and Lois.
There was an innovative strip in newspapers at this time that used a similar approach exclusively. Jackys Diary by Jack Mendelsohn was a Sunday-only feature and debuted on January 11, 1959. It was presented as a hand-drawn, hand-written diary from Mendelsohn’s youth. Similar to Dot, Jacky related stores about his family, his boyhood adventures, his schoolwork and a variety of other experiences.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 25, 1961.
Chip Flagston was about eight years old when Hi and Lois started in 1954. He is the only character in the strip who has aged slightly over the years. By the time this episode appeared he was more of an adolescent, but not quite the teenager we know today.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 18, 1961.
Trixie is having trouble falling asleep in this episode. Although it varies considerably depending on the child, most babies begin to sleep through the night when they are about six months old. Some can snooze for six to eight hours at a stretch when they are three months, others don’t doze that long until after they are more than a year old.