Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Pa's British Son-in-Law

The Ottawa Journal for November 1913 contains this comic strip playing to stereotypes of the British immigrant.

Under various tiles "------ son-in-law" the comic strip ran for many years according to the Stripper's Guide.
"Starting in the American gilded age it had become fashionable for social climbing debutantes to marry titled beaus from Europe. In real life, and in the funnies that mirrored it, many of these dukes, earls and other assorted peers turned out to be penniless lazy neer-do-wells. Many of the titles were real, but the gents often failed to live up to their impressive names. The phenomenon became a favorite target for humorists.."

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