Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, July 28, 2018


I'm of two minds about this Australian cartoon collection from the early Fifties.  Racist in some ways, it reflects some of the attitude of the time.  Yet much of it presents a universal view of mankind.  Whites are skewered as well as the aborigines.  Some of the jokes are mere chestnuts and could be applied to any race or time.  Much of it is funny.

The artwork is great, although the cartoonist (Eric Jolliffe) takes a sexist approach in his portrayal of aboriginal women.  They are all beautiful, curvy, and topless in great detail.  Often described as a "bush cartoonist," Jolliffe created the comic strips Saltbush Bill, Sandy Blight, and Witchetty's TribeWitchetty's Tribe appeared in Pix Magazine (a general interest publication).

Anyway, I thought this collection worth posting.  Let me know if you agree.

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