Trigger warning: Before you scroll down to view this cartoon panel, be advised that it represents a decidely sexist view of office life. “Girligraphs” — aka "Cuties" — ran in scores of American newspapers from the early 1940s until 1971. I was surprised to learn that the cartoonist, E. Simms Campbell, was known as the Jackie Robinson of commercial art and cartooning. His work appeared in nearly every issue of Esquire from 1933 to 1958, and in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, the New Yorker and Playboy.
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Carried around the globe by massive troop movements at the end of World War I, "Spanish influenza" infected nearly half the world's population and killed more than 20 million people. In October 1918, word of the flu's growing presence in Minnesota began appearing on the front page of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, below the news from the battlefields of Europe.
Like many other customs, that of sending people on silly and fruitless errands on the first day of April, or "April Fools' Day" as it is commonly called, is lost in the mists of antiquity, a tolerably certain indication that the custom is not one of religious origin or having any connection therewith, as some have supposed.