Saturday, August 21, 2010

March 1, 1953: Obsolete furniture


The funny thing about this strip is that most of us today are probably more familiar with rocking chairs than many of the examples of modern furniture seen here, or the record player.

This strip is pretty rich in detail. Schulz wasn't afraid of putting in some quality draftsmanship in the early days.


  1. I always felt as though this strip was supposed to be a biting satire of modern (for 1953) interior design. But then, like you point out, Schulz really rendered that furniture in loving detail.

    So, my current interpretation is that it's much more a playful than a mean-spirited joke.

  2. To me, the strip is a wry observation of children's limited historical memory -- a device Schulz used again and again to great effect, especially in the early days. Remember when you were young, and something only a few years old seemed absolutely ancient? It's one of the things about kids that always makes adults chuckle. It's easy to imagine kids today, in a world of CDs, DVDs and MP3s, saying, "What in the world is a 'record player'??"


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