CARICATURES, CARTOONS, AND JEST A JOKE
(Reference: The Whitin Spindle: Vol.X #11, Nov.1957) COVER PAGE: USE HAND TOOLS PROPERLY AVOID "AX- IDENTS" (Some of the caricatures done by Shop cartoonists impressed one with a definite message, as you may gather from looking closely at this one. Safety in the Whitin Machine Works was a priority and this topic was illustrated in each issue of the Spindle. Can you guess who gets the last laugh here? )
It had been a great magazine to come out every two weeks. It contained many stories, photos, and illustrations of different Shop employees. Many older workers undoubtedly knew the Whitin Spindle, but as of February 1948, the "new edition "of the magazine had been introduced in a letter by Mr. J. Hugh Bolton, then President of the Whitin Machine Works. He specifically mentioned that Shop workers had many interests in common, and he hoped that the new Spindle would bring news to all, while helping everyone to become better acquainted, and to share experiences not only in the Shop, but in their homes and in community happenings. (This writer notes that from researching past Spindle issues, that the earliest editions (1948-1950) were a real bargain, not only in price, but also in over-all dimensions. Their cover size took up 8 inches by 11 inches, as opposed to those issues in the later years measuring only 8 inches by 10 inches. The glossy paper quality remained constant however.)
The late Forties were a time of much activity and sponsorship by the Whitin Machine Works. As earlier stated in Article 6, the post World War II years saw a huge proliferation of organizations, clubs, trips, and athletic teams of many kinds, all supported by the Company and the Whitins in some manner. Yes indeed, it can be now realized that in many ways, the articles in the Whitin Spindles brought many families much closer than many families are perceived to be today. It bears mentioning also that a special page or two in each issue featured columns by Harold Case, entitled: "Sports Talk". (Much more about this in a future article shall follow.) But it was the daily humor and candor shared by Shop workers from department to department that was most amusing.
Consider now the cartoon done by Darrell J. Burroughs and Armand Cournoyer. (May 1948)---"TOOL JOB PROFILE"----- An exchange of wit and sentiment takes place openly between fellow employees Johnny Deschenes and Bill Meadowcroft of the Tool Job. Notice also that a special tribute is paid to Arthur Hall. It is so hard to find or see this sort of thing today in a company publication, especially when the item contains both a "slam" and "boost" at the same point in time shown to all. Special treats to Spindle readers were the large cover cartoons done by Leon (Jack) Horner, who had previously sketched them for the Old Whitin Spindle. All of these were re-published from time to time on the back covers of the New Whitin Spindle, starting in 1948.
Jack had retired from The Shop in
November of 1947. He had been a draftsman and certainly was
considered to have been one of the best. Upon his retirement, he
went to live in Florida. (Notice the detail and poignant sketch
lines of his first reproduced works on the June, July, and October
issues of 1948 Spindles: "THE BATTLE AXE TWINS---PLUGS VS.
LIVE BAIT"; "THE PATTERN MAKER"; and lastly, "THE RABBIT HUNTERS",
respectively. (I can readily identify with this sketch, having once
been a pipe-smoker myself, as we see two hunters take a jaunt down a
path while idly puffing away and enjoying their pipes. They
apparently are not aware of the rabbit to the right. And is their
beagle dog too preoccupied because of the brambles stuck to his fur?
Now it is time to share some laughter with some short stories and riddles. Here are a few excerpts from "JEST A JOKE", which was a unique feature that started to appear as the earliest of the jokes during the Late Fifties. (This caption of this feature was later changed to "JEST-FOR-FUN"). (Ref.: Vol.X #4-April 1957,p.15)
After an active morning of play
outdoors, a little boy, came inside and asked his mother: "Who am
DOCTOR: "Now Madam, please place this thermometer between your teeth and keep your lips closed for about 5 minutes." HUSBAND (Quietly, aside to the Doctor later)---"How much will you take for that gadget, Doc?" (Ref.: Vol X#5-May 1957,p.16)
Small Walter was strolling down
the street with his smaller niece when a neighbor stopped to comment
on the little girl's growth. "Can she talk yet?" asked the neighbor.
An Englishman was on his very first driving tour of America. While motoring along, he saw a sign ahead that said: "GO SLOW : THAT MEANS YOU." "By Jove", said the Englishman, "How did they know I was here?"
We sympathize with the mild little
man who walked into the office of the Internal Revenue, sat down,
and started to smile at everyone. "What can we do for you ?" asked
the Bureau's Inspector.
A Teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. said:
"Joey, please give us a sentence using the word, bewitches."
A male patient went to his
psychiatrist and told the Doctor that all he ever dreamed about was
baseball. The Doctor asked, "Don't you ever dream about beautiful
girls---wining them, dining them, and holding them tight---don't you
ever dream about girls ?"
By now, you must understand how good the humor and how varied the jokes were in the Spindles. Employees were constantly asked for their input and their contributions readily appeared. The court jester symbol above marked the page at the upper right and that was a distinct mark of the success that was enjoyed by all readers. In conclusion, I furnish a caption and illustration that shows how we live more in a world of deadlines than in one of deadpan humor. You decide now if you are caught up in TIME or TIDE restraints. I for one, still yearn for much less anxiety and the wonderful days of yesteryear.