Lessons in History

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1962.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1962.

In the 1959 pilot for “The Flintstones,” the name of the family was “The Flagstones.” When the animated primetime show debuted on American television in 1960, it was changed because a similar name was already being used in Hi and Lois.   Perhaps the Flagstons were descended from a family in Medeival times that was in the patio, paving or roofing business.
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Irma

When Thirsty Thurston, the Flagstons next-door-neighbor, was first introduced in 1961, his spouse was not identified.  Thirsty served mainly as a golfing buddy for Hi.

In this strip from 1962, Lois refers to “Carrie,” who is not shown, while Thirsty is feeding their newborn baby.  The Thurston’s child and Carrie were never mentioned again.
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