When you look at the world through Peanuts-colored lenses

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Some days, it seems that I cannot get far away from Peanuts, no matter what I’m doing. For example, at the moment I’m working on an article about some mid-1960s cartoon books about Jewish women who run brothels. Really, there’s more than one of these – at least six. It was a thing. And in doing so, I reference the 1964 movie that likely inspired them,¬†A House is Not a Home, starring Shelley Winters in the adaptation of Jewish madam Polly Adler’s 1953 autobiography. And there in the cast list is Kaye Ballard… the comedienne who recorded an album of Peanuts humor in 1962. So then I look a little more into the book the film was based on, and it was originally published in 1953. By Rinehart & Co., the publishing company that at the time was in the midst of publishing the early¬†Peanuts books.

All roads lead to Peanuts.

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Kaye Ballard, RIP

Kaye Ballard has died. She had places in the world of stage and screen, but it’s her recording career as a musical comedian that is of interest to the Peanuts fan. In 1962 she issued a recording of her doing Peanuts humor, based on her touring act at the time. …

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Things that should not go unsaid, and telling the tales of the times

Back in May 2017, in posting about the way Google book search finds the word “Snoopy” in places where it isn’t actually there, I posted one place it found where it was: this cartoon. Now, I didn’t point out the ultra-Peanutsiness of the fact that it’s not just Mr. Snoopy, …

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Millionaire, recluse, cartoonist

I think someone may have mis-entered the author information on this one. What do you think?