Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: A Few Dialogues in a Minor Key
The feature, which lasted only a month, was a potpourri of gag cartoons and jokes. The writer, Charles W. Taylor, was a humorist of small note who, based on these examples, never thought up a joke he couldn't obfuscate into a few paragraphs of drivel. The cartoonist was Louis Dalrymple, one of the less gifted members of the Puck crew of the 1890s. He was destined to go insane and die in 1905.
A Few Dialogues in a Minor Key ran from January 18 to February 22 1903 in the Tribune. Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!
My assumption was that they played the Star Spangled Banner at the end of a performance back then, and everyone took that as their cue to vamoose. But can anyone explain what the joke is in the one about the sailor sliding down the flagstaff? That one had me scratching my head.