I must confess that I’m really not old enough to speak intelligently about Betty Boop. She made her debut in 1930 in a cartoon, Talkartoon. Clara Bow was given credit as being the model for Betty, although she began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. Originally, however, she was a fluffy French poodle! It wasn’t until 1932 that she got her final “human” form!) Mae Questel gave Betty Boop her voice from 1931 until she died in 1998.
Betty Boop is regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen, but she was also a symbol of the Depression era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the flapper era. She was mostly popular with adult audiences. I never saw, that I can recall, a single one of her cartoons, but the squeaky, little girl voice does stick with me as she was featured in commercials, too.
Outside Juddy’s Store in Jonesboro, GA, hung this metal illustration of Betty Boop giving words of wisdom to anyone who would listen. The words she spoke back then are still true today. If you are a smoker, I encourage you to listen to Betty Boop for the sake of your family and loved ones. We want you around for a long time yet!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1969, the first test flight of the jumbo Boeing 747 took place. It’s amazing how durable of an aircraft it has been!
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the number of hamburgers sold my McDonald’s is equal to 12 times the world’s total population.