1/25/10

Possible MAMMY YOKUM photo?


And what could this granny be giving the young 'uns? Something sweet from her garden? Something easily chewed? I have no idea. I've never been able to figure it out. She has something in her hat that the kids seem to want. She reminds me of Mammy Yokum from the Lil Abner comic strip. Don't remember Lil Abner? You're saying that just to make me feel old. Well, you just need to educate yourself and click on over to the official Lil Abner web site and then tell me if she doesn't look like Mammy.

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Go ahead, click on it to see it larger and you tell me if you can figure out what she's handing out.

The following "biography" about Mammy Yokum is from Wikipedia:
Mammy Yokum: Born Pansy Hunks, Mammy was the scrawny, highly principled "sassiety" leader and bare knuckle "champeen" of the town of Dogpatch. She married the inconsequential Pappy Yokum in 1902; they produced two strapping sons twice their own size. Mammy dominated the Yokum clan through the force of her personality, and dominated everyone else with her fearsome right uppercut, (sometimes known as her "Goodnight, Irene" punch) which helped her uphold law, order and decency- as she saw them. She was consistently the toughest character throughout Li'l Abner. A superhuman dynamo, Mammy did all the household chores - and provided her charges with no less than 8 meals a day of "po'k chops" and "tarnips", (as well as local Dogpatch delicacies like "candied catfish eyeballs" and "trashbean soup"). Her authority was unquestioned, and her characteristic phrase, "Ah has spoken! ", signaled the end of all further discussion. Her most famous phrase, however, was "Good is better than evil becuz it's nicer." (Upon his retirement in 1977, Capp declared Mammy to be his personal favorite of all his characters.)
To read more about the Dogpatch clan click here. And to read about the man who created it, Al Capp (he also created Sadie Hawkins Day), click here.

And I promise, this is the last odd grandma photo.

7 comments:

  1. Mammy was my favorite Dogpatch character! This picture does look a lot like her, except Mammy was a lot stringier...wiry...whatever! And kids today thought Daisy Duke invented short, short, shorts! Daisy Mae had her beat by a longshot!

    This Mammy probably has some good ole chew in that hat! LOL

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  2. Remember Stupefyan Jones played by Julie Newmar? Long before Catwoman she was turning heads.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I forgot about Stupefyan Jones! I think that's where Newmar must have gotten some of her moves for Catwoman!

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  4. Well I guess she is handing out some kind of food that gets rid of your teeth.

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  5. Hmmm...jawbreakers. That's it. She's handing out those stale jawbreakers I used to find in those brightly colored machines outside grocery stores. A penny of candy to break your teeth. Life in Egypt, I believe you're on to something.

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  6. Magic Mushrooms - melt your teeth away, don't they?

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  7. That's it! She was the Magic Mushroom Lady! The local supplier to the kids in Dogpatch!

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