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Strip For 032884
ID: 4419
Publication Date: 1984-03-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly shows John around the library where she will be working. The books, records, magazines, and the children's corner. When she asks him if there's anything he'd like to take out his eyes latch on to Susan. Sue.
Caption: Besides books, we've got records, films, magazines... see anything you'd like to take out? No Caption
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Strip For 032984
ID: 582
Publication Date: 1984-03-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At the library, Susan has John's full attention. He hangs on her every word as she describes Elly's job working with the children's program. Elly is the assistant to the assistant's assistant. Elly is dejected as John continues to follow Susan.
Caption: In other words... she's the assistant to the assistant's assistant.
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Strip For 033084
ID: 583
Publication Date: 1984-03-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and John are at the Library. Elly has dropped off her posters and says they have to leave because Michael is alone. John is still staring at Susan, who complains they've only been there for 15 minutes. Elly doesn't trust Michael alone.
Caption: That's as long as we trust him.
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Strip For 050784
ID: 607
Publication Date: 1984-05-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and Susan are at the library discussing how hard it is to make their kids practice music. Michael has a trumpet, Meghan plays the piano. Susan nags and nags her daughter to practice. It's amazing what parents do for their children.
Caption: It's amazing what we parents will do for the sake of our children.
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Strip For 051584
ID: 4427
Publication Date: 1984-05-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: The library votes to hold a yard sale to raise funds. One of the board members says that it is far too demeaning to sell second hand junk in front of the library. She suggests they sell junk in front of Elly's house instead. Elly, Monique, Susan, Nilda
Caption: But we can't sell second-hand junk in front of the library... it's far too demeaning! We'll have it at Elly's place.
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Strip For 062184
ID: 4435
Publication Date: 1984-06-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly returns to work at the Library. Susan lists the things they left for Elly to do when she got back. Summer reading contests, window displays, etc... Facing a pile of paper and tasks on her desk she smiles happily. She's needed and they missed her.
Caption: I'm afraid we let a lot of things pile up on your desk. They missed me!!
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Strip For 022885
ID: 4474
Publication Date: 1985-02-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: When Elly gets to the Library, Susan announces that she is unable to go to the workshop in Winnipeg. She asks Elly to go in her place. Elly tries to refuse but stops when Susan shows her the tickets and says the hotel has been pre-paid.
Caption: Here are the tickets, the hotel is taken care of...
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Strip For 030185
ID: 4475
Publication Date: 1985-03-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly tells Susan that she cannot simply fly to the workshop in Winnipeg because her family would think she was crazy. Susan lists the spacious hotel room, private bathroom, new people, dining out, time alone. Elly would have to be crazy to turn it down.
Caption: ... I'd have to be crazy!!!
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Strip For 111885
ID: 977
Publication Date: 1985-11-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is telling Susan about her drive into work. Anne's kids drive her crazy. Susan asks why the kids are not disciplined. Elly replies that Anne confuses demolition with creativity.
Caption: Annie confuses demolition with creativity.
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Strip For 111985
ID: 4535
Publication Date: 1985-11-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library, Susan asks Elly to create a window display based on A Christmas Carol. Maybe a scene from the book would work, but the board wants it done as cheaply as possible. Elly appreciates the irony and thinks "Scrooge lives."
Caption: Of course, we don't have much of a budget. The board wants it done as cheaply as possible! Scrooge lives.
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Strip For 112085
ID: 4536
Publication Date: 1985-11-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library, Elly looks at the upcoming holiday program. She tells Susan that it's pretty ambitious, but Susan doesn't know how else to attract a lot of people to the Library. Elly suggests getting a BINGO license.
Caption: I know - but how else can we attract a lot of people to the library? ... we could apply for a BINGO license.
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Strip For 052686
ID: 4618
Publication Date: 1986-05-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library, Elly shares her poetry with Susan. It's a kind of personal therapy. Susan reads aloud a poem about endless laundry. Elly points out it is from her "futility of housework" phase.
Caption: That was during my "futility of housework" phase.
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Strip For 052786
ID: 4619
Publication Date: 1986-05-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Susan is reading Elly's poetry. A sweet poem about a mother putting a restless child back to sleep is concluded with a screaming, overtired plea for rest. Elly put her child induced frustration and aggression into poetry. Susan thinks it is beautiful.
Caption: Whenever I felt like belting my kid, I'd put my feelings into poetry. El... that's beautiful.
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Strip For 052886
ID: 4620
Publication Date: 1986-05-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Susan asks Elly to do a poetry reading at their annual dinner meeting. Elly is flattered to be asks and is overwhelmed with joy, until she finds out she's being asked because the guest speaker canceled. Monique, Nilda.
Caption: ...our guest speaker just canceled!
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Strip For 053086
ID: 4622
Publication Date: 1986-05-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Susan shows Elly the stage of the Old Town Hall where she will make her presentation. Elly is impressed with the old hall. It's a landmark, a piece of their heritage. Elly is shocked when Susan says it is being torn down.
Caption: It's a landmark. It's a piece of our heritage! ... It's being torn down.
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Strip For 053186
ID: 4623
Publication Date: 1986-05-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is appalled that the city plans to demolish the Old Town Hall. They have dance classes, music, art exhibits. She thought they had a grant, but it went to building a new sports arena. Susan says it's the struggle of the jocks versus the smocks.
Caption: It's the old classic struggle, El. ... It's the jocks versus the smocks.
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Strip For 060686
ID: 4628
Publication Date: 1986-06-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library's annual dinner meeting (Old Town Hall) it's up to Elly to present her poetry reading. John is proud, and Susan says Elly looks as cool as a cucumber. Nobody can see Elly's knees nervously knocking behind the podium.
Caption: Look at that, John. She's up there as cool as a cucumber! Knock Knock No Caption
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Strip For 090886
ID: 4671
Publication Date: 1986-09-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library, Susan is excited to see the new issue of Upper Crust Magazine. She expects Elly's head to swim, to be proud, to be ecstatic to see her poem in print. Elly is not impressed that it is under an ad for lunch meat.
Caption: … it's under an ad for lunch meat.
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Strip For 090986
ID: 1087
Publication Date: 1986-09-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library Monique, Susan, and Nilda offer to take Elly to lunch to celebrate getting her poem published. Not everyday someone you know makes such a literary achievement, and is recognized for being a woman. Elly is glad she's wearing a dress.
Caption: And, what's more — You've been recognized as a WOMAN!!! … Good thing I wore a dress.
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Strip For 091086
ID: 4672
Publication Date: 1986-09-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: The Library crew are out to lunch. Nilda insists that Elly getting her poem published is a step forward for Feminism. More than ever they are proving they are equal to men. She is shocked, however, when Elly orders another beer like a man. Monique, Susan.
Caption: Say, Honey — how's about another beer?
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Strip For 092386
ID: 4681
Publication Date: 1986-09-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Library, Susan tells Elly that other local artists are willing to join her in helping to save the Old Town Hall Theatre. Elly is excited that the arts have a voice in the community. Not much of a voice, the actors are Mimes. Concept 2 Mime.
Caption: Where would you like them to begin? Concept 2 Mime
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Strip For 102286
ID: 4698
Publication Date: 1986-10-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly shares the plan to save the Old Town Hall Theatre with Susan. She shows her the costumes and explains that the politicians will have too much fun to want to destroy the building. It's pretty sneaky. Misquote Shakespeare: "The ploy is the thing."
Caption: But, as Shakespeare once said: "The ploy is the thing!"
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Strip For 103086
ID: 4702
Publication Date: 1986-10-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Old Town Hall Hallowe'en party. Susan tells Elly that everyone important is at the party. Elly hopes to convince them to restore the theatre. John thinks they are starting to sway the town council, one of them has just fallen over. Halloween.
Caption: I think you're starting to sway the town council El… one of 'em just fell over.
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Strip For 110386
ID: 4704
Publication Date: 1986-11-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Library. Elly and Susan debrief from the party to save the Old Town Hall. Susan is impressed that she got to talk to the crème de la crème of society. She got out there and hob-nobbed. She can't remember anyone saying anything though. Superficial people
Caption: … funny, I can't remember anyone SAYING anything!
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Strip For 110486
ID: 4705
Publication Date: 1986-11-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly visits Mr. Peter Radcliffe, Town Councilor. His words are drawn in circles and have no real meaning. When Elly reports back to Susan at the Library she is unsure what to say. The man talks in circles. Old Town Hall Theatre
Caption: Well? Did you see Mr. Radcliffe? Did you ask about the grant? What did he say? I'm not sure, Sue. … the man talks in circles.
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Strip For 111687
ID: 4890
Publication Date: 1987-11-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Phone call at work from the school secretary informing Elly that Michael is sick, frustration, inconvenience, chaos, Sue, Susan
Caption: She'll Take Your Call In A Minute. Mrs. Patterson Gets So Emotional When Her Kids Are Ill
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Strip For 071290
ID: 1600
Publication Date: 1990-07-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Multi-tasking, motherhood, working at the library, Elly, Susan
Caption: ... I'm A Mother
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Strip For 071390
ID: 1601
Publication Date: 1990-07-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Leaving kids home alone, Elly and Susan discuss how Elly keeps tabs on Michael and Elizabeth, Farley
Caption: I'm Telling!
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Strip For 090890
ID: 1638
Publication Date: 1990-09-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: What, Me Pregnant? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Illness, feeling sick, many suggestions of what the problem might be, Elly, Susan
Caption: Maybe You're Pregnant!
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Strip For 091391
ID: 1899
Publication Date: 1991-09-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Things are Looking Up (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Bringing the baby to work, the girls think they'll be able to deal with having a baby around until she starts to cry. Elly, April, Susan, Maeve
Caption: Waaaah!
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Strip For 120793
ID: 2417
Publication Date: 1993-12-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Back to work after being sick, Elly tells Sue that she read two books, watched the soaps and worked on an afghan she started in 1973. Tells Susan she can hardly wait to get back to her routine.
Caption: Illness: Nature's Way of Making You Take Time Off!!
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