Tag Archives: 1921-1940

Man, You Luklikell

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Evidently men complained about shaving long before women started borrowing their razors. This syndicated cartoon from the January 13, 1922 edition of The Chatham Record sounds like it was subsidized by the Local Barber’s Union.

In any case, what is the Luklikell Club? A web search yielded nothing but multiple publications of this very cartoon. Maybe it’s a way of saying “Looks Like Not At All What He Expected”.


Happy, Happy, Happy

gum also Feb 21 1921


Here’s another advertisement from the February 21, 1921 edition of The Chatham Record. This one trumpets the health benefits of Wrigley’s gum.

One question: is this arrow/harlequin/jester guy just really proud of his teeth, or is something else going on? I don’t think Wrigley’s gum had caffeine in it back then.

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gum also Feb 21 1921 detail 3

Are You Sure It Isn’t a Little Tight?


This uncomfortable looking fellow appears throughout the Spring, 1921 editions of The Chatham Record noting sales and events at a local tailor’s shop (this particular advertisement is from February 21, 1921).

“Nice Slippers, By the Way.”

Anonymous March 24 1922The subtext of this cartoon from the March 24, 1922 edition of The Chatham Record seems to be, “Oh, we get your hateful letters, but don’t look for them in the Record unless you identify yourself .”

All’s Well That Ends Well

From March 2, 1933:

A Bit of Cheesecake (1920s Version)

That’s a lot of leg for 1928!  It would seem that North Carolina is disproportionately represented in this contest – the only state with more than one finalist pictured.  Let’s hope that Miss Dippie and Miss Willie Lou enjoyed their brush with fame, no matter who ended up winning.  (And is that a cigarette the latter contestant is holding?)

Suffrage Succotash!

In May of 1922, the Chatham Record weighed in, in typically restrained style, on the influx of women into local politics:

I guess the editors were in too much of a kerfluffle over the onslaught of lady politickers to be bothered with little things like proper grammar.  Still, when you’re casting aspersions on the competence of others, it’s always good to be extra-certain of your own.


Jelly, Inflation, and More Miraculous Medications

This little section from a 1937 issue of the Chatham Record contains several interesting tidbits. I love old recipes and cooking techniques, and the first thing you’ll notice about this excerpt is the article on troubleshooting your homemade jelly. I’ll admit that I’ve never made jelly at home, but this article sure makes it sound like an exact science! If you’re up for a new project and have never tried making jelly, this article should get you off to a good old-fashioned start. Click the article to see a larger version. (…more below the image)

I also found it fun and somewhat horrifying to read this list of grocery prices, though admittedly, a world in which ice cream costs twenty cents is not a world I need to live in. Also, don’t miss the advertisement in the bottom right – “Rub-My-Tism” is apparently the world’s best liniment!

Freedom for Women!

This advertisement in the Chatham Record from August 1937 calls for a very different brand of freedom and independence for women than we might be used to!

Thinking about the time period, I can see how all electric appliances would come as a relief for the career homemaker; and here I am, unable to live without my electric tea kettle. How spoiled we are now!

The more things change…

Funny, I could swear I just saw this comic in a newspaper last week!