Blondie Circa 1930’s

I guess just about
everybody’s seen
the comic strip
“Blondie”, featuring
a pretty lady named
Blondie, her husband
Dagwood, and,
of course,
Daisy the Dog.

What many folks
would be surprised
by, I think, is how
different the comic
was back when it first
started in 1930.

Back then,
Blondie
Boopadoop
( yep, her
maiden name )
was a rather wild
free spirited
single flapper ,
living in Joplin,
Missouri, who
was engaged
to a bumbling
dolt and heir to a
fortune in
railroads —

Yes,
Dagwood Bumstead.

Originally, the artist
( Chic Young )
had toyed with several
names for the Blondie
character , including
Beautiful Bab and Dumb
Dora- but decided those
names would limit the
development of the strip
too much.

After several
years of hemming
and hawwing
around-
with Dagwood’s
family trying all
sorts of dirty tricks
to keep
them apart –

including a 28 day
hunger strike on
the part of Dagwood to
protest his family’s
rejection of Blondie…

(which explains
Dagwood’s
propensity
for huge sandwiches….)

– the couple decided
to go ahead and tie
the knot, followed
with disastrous
economic
consequences –

– Dagwood was
disinherited !

The announcement
of their engagement
was part of a
huge promotion
of the strip to
newspaper
syndicators –
with a publicity
mailing in the
form of a cardboard
suitcase, that included
a paper doll of Blondie
in her lingerie, and
cut-out clothes, too.

With only
enough money
to finance their
honeymoon in
Niagara Falls,
the couple
nonetheless
soon got back
on their feet,
and started
living as a
pretty average
middle-class
family –

– even
sleeping in
the same bed !!!

Scandalous !!!

!!! HOY !!!

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4 thoughts on “Blondie Circa 1930’s

  1. Interesting! I didn’t know any of this! But loved the old comics AND finding some of the old B&W Blondie movies on TV channels like AMC and TCM.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  2. Jules says:

    Wow… the background I never knew… kind of like the secret meanings of fairy tales. Cool. Thanks.

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