Magazine Jokes Made Outhouse Wallpaper

Teenage girls found fun in pasting jokes on outhouse walls.

| Good Old Days

How well I remember the old outhouse back in Kansas! In good weather we tolerated it, in winter we hated it. But ours was different. It was during World War II. My sister and I and our girlfriends were in our teens. We just had to do something to improve that little house out back. We cut jokes from magazines or wherever we could find them. Then taking paste, we pasted those jokes on the inside walls until they were covered! 

Mrs. Lawrence Stoddard
Hereford, Texas

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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