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is that last comic you posted about a suicide note? I’m confused

One of the rituals from Victorian era’s cult of mourning: if a close loved one died, you’d order yourself some black bordered calling cards, note paper and envelopes. Your border’s width would be determined by how close you were to the deceased, how long you’d been in mourning, and how ostentatious you wanted to be.

Even newspapers followed this etiquette:

Vancouver Daily World, British Columbia, January 22, 1901:

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The Guthrie Daily Leader, Oklahoma, September 14, 1901:

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Anyway, to answer your question, I doubt it. Unless the guy’s brother was a big stickler for etiquette, pretty full of himself, or had a dark sense of humor, I don’t think you’d mail your own suicide note in a mourning envelope. And in that case it wouldn’t be a very funny comic.

(As an aside, in some places you couldn’t actually mail letters with full mourning borders. They were said to be easier to tamper with; edges could be cut and then coloured with dark ink, so ones that were tinted rather than full-black were also sold).

I’m pretty sure the joke is just that the guy isn’t very smart, and thinks the black border + the brother’s handwriting means his brother must be dead. Really his brother is just in mourning for someone else.

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i use photos you post to practise drawing, so thank you for posting photos of people that aren’t creepy for me to have in my sketchbook

That’s so lovely!

The Times, Munster, Indiana, July 15, 1908:

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Anything in the papers lamenting the death of the toothbrush mustache after you-know-who cribbed it?

It’s funny because the toothbrush mustache was considered pretty un-German around the time of WWI:

Evening Times-Republican, Marshalltown, Iowa, February 12, 1914:

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The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 12, 1916:

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A few more clippings on Hilter’s mustache:

Great Falls Tribune, Montana, March 27, 1933:

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The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, April 6, 1933:

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Wilmington News-Journal, Ohio, June 13, 1935:

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The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee, March 9, 1933:

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St. Cloud Times, Minnesota, June 13, 1941:

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what’s your kink bby?

New Castle Herald, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1914:

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what are your favorite tumblrs

Tumblr tells me:

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@classicwom, @zeehasablog, @hildy-dont-be-hasty, @wehadfacesthen, @duchessofostergotlands, @aintthatakick, @beau–brummell, @shewhoworshipscarlin and @ghost-lilies

if I could add ten more not on that list (in no order)…

@jinxy7, @mudwerks, @rustydennis, @yeoldenews, @felixkeepswalking, @jazzbabyyvette, @jazzagebass, @deforest, @thescrewlooseduck, @pixeljazz …okay and two more @kittyinva & @notwiselybuttoowell

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Hey do you want to talk

Daily News, New York, March 29, 1936

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are you doing okay, yesterdaysprint mod?

The Indianapolis News, Indiana, December 7, 1937

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I think i reblog all your posts that cone up on my dash. This is probably the funniest blog I’ve ever seen.

The Indianapolis Star, Indiana, November 11, 1928

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Hey! I’m in the US and got my shirt last week. It’s great, too, super comfy! 😀

Cheyenne County Rustler, St. Francis, Kansas, February 23, 1893

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