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Abercrombie & Fitch

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 16, 1965.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, May 16, 1965.

The neighborhood garbage men in Hi and Lois are featured in the classic Sunday page above. Although it was important in the formative years of the strip to have nice, wholesome main characters for readers to identify with, it became equally essential to add outlandish, insane personalities to create funny situations.
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The Mark Twain House

Twain House

Between 1874 and 1891, Mark Twain lived in a unique home in Hartford, Connecticut, designed in the American High Gothic style (shown above). Twain sold the house in 1903 and the Mark Twain Memorial, a non-profit group, rescued it from possible demolition in 1929. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and a visitors’ center with a museum was added in 2003.
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Comic Strip Crossovers

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Beetle Bailey, which began on September 4, 1950, is the strip that Mort Walker is most often associated with. Hi and Lois started four years later on October 18, 1954. Not many readers are aware that there is an important connection between the two strips. Lois Flagston is Beetle Bailey’s sister.
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