Sunday, June 15, 2008

Droodles and Roger Price

In my long-ago youth, I remember being vastly amused by a set of books with the title "Droodles". These were odd drawings whose witty captions convulsed me.

I was trying to remember a few of my favorites -- I recall a single vertical line in the center of a frame (all droodles had a thick black line around the outside) and two tiny triangles joined at the point. Most droodles had several alternate captions. The idea was to look at the picture, puzzle a few minutes, and then read the captions.

vertical line, two opposing triangles

This one was either "single strand of spaghetti, gift-wrapped", or "man with bow tie stuck in elevator".

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So anyway, it's now the day of the internet, so I Googled "droodles", and found a wikipedia page about Droodles and their author, Roger Price. He had written for both Mad Magazine and for comedian Bob Hope, but after Droodles were a hit, he and a friend founded a book publishing company. You can read the whole thing yourself here, and see the Droodles website as well.

Me, I'm going to buy the Classic Droodles and track down a used copy of the first Droodles book, then share them my with 14-year-old nephews.

-- Rachel Holmen

1 comment:

Bev's Jewelry said...

Oh, Droodles. I remember Droodles and the one of the man stuck in the elevator. I'm going to look up their web site. Isn't the internet the best! Thanks for the memories.
(another old phrase)