Monday, September 21, 2015


Obscurity of the Day: The Hungry Five

Here's an early weekday strip from the playful pen of Roy W. Taylor that ran on the back page of the Chicago Daily News on occasion from January 3 to March 8 1902. The Hungry Five chronicles the rather repetitive misadventures of a German polka band that plays for handouts in the street. But keep in mind that a strip could get away with being repetitive in those days, as they ran so infrequently that readers forgot the gag in the meantime.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans.


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