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efficiency-1Detroit News, April 16, 1931. I find this cartoon funny precisely because I have no idea what the joke is meant to be. The tiny caption in the corner reads: “Is efficiency spreading in this young and going age? You might be surprised.” I gather that the gag relates to the notion that three years represents a long engagement, and is thus not efficient. But the dialog between the girl and her swain–“Any recommendations?”–is pure dada to me, likewise the blah, affectless expression on her face.


  1. I believe she is asking for prior references, as a groom.

    the joke being that engagements are made & broken amongs these wild, reckless youngsters, with frivolous speed.

    • You’re good at this. Seems obvious to me now.

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