Monday, March 29, 2010


Obscurity of the Day: Oh, Piffle!

Here's a strip from Harold MacGill, one of several he did for Hearst's Evening Journal to supplement his bread and butter feature, The Hall-Room Boys. The title Oh, Piffle! bears little relation to the gag, which was about the change in a man's behavior around pretty girls. MacGill usually worked in the larger two-tier format, so one redeeming value of this one-tier strip is that he didn't have as much opportunity to overload the strip with a novel's worth of dialogue; a vice he exercised with gusto in most of his work. The strip ran sporadically from May 29 to December 3 1908.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!


Didn't know "blankity-blank" as a euphimism for swearing went back that far.
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