To Bee, or Not to Bee

To Bee, or Not to Bee. Fun (17 July 1878): 30. Signed with monogram in lower right corner (possibly John Gordon Thompson?). From an Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Princeton University Library. Click on image to enlarge it.

Mrs. A.: — “Now, Mrs. B., will you come and see our apiary?”

Mrs. B. (who has been putting it off all afternoon): — “Well, Mrs. A., the thing is, you know, I’m — I’m rather afraid of monkeys,”

Another Fun cartoon whose realistic detailed depictions of clothing and room furnishing seem more suited to the illustration of fiction than trying to bring off a joke based on wordplay.

Last modified 13 June 2019