Early Winter Driving

Time for another classic Frank Andrea Miller cartoon. This one is from 1961.

Frank Andrea Miller was an editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register from 1953 until his death in 1983. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning a few years after he drew this one.

Frank Andrea Miller Cartoon - Des Moines Register - Winter Driving - Car Wreck in snow


Can you imagine when cars first started driving in snow. If you have ever seen the tires on early cars you would wonder how they could drive on anything other than a good road. But, we know that the roads were awful in those days.

I really like this cartoon. The adults are all making negative comments about the situation while the little boy has a great idea and is thinking about the future.

I can only imagine trying to drive in snow where I live. It would be chaos with all the people who have never driven in snow. Growing up in areas where it did snow, I at least have some winter driving skills. The last time I drove in snow it was through a Christmas Day blizzard back in Missouri. I am glad that I did not end up like this poor driver.

I am sure that some of you who read this will remember those early winter driving times. I am glad that with our technology today that it is much safer. Just think of the advances in tires and mechanical systems of our cars that have been made since this time.

To see another cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller visit my earlier post titled Winter Cuttings.



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7 Responses to Early Winter Driving

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Love these old illustrations. How nice that he contributed for so long at the same paper. I worry about the health of the daily newspaper these days.

    As for driving in the snow, the ones usually in the ditch are the knuckleheads with the big trucks in 4 wheel drive….they overdrive for the conditions and they’re imagined abilities….we snicker….Ya I’m old, drive slower and pay WAY less than them for insurance. HA.

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    Thankful for chians, snow treads, plows and cinders.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Great cartoon! It reminds me of the time I asked my father when his family got rid of their horses. He said that they didn’t get rid of them all at once because they needed horses sometimes even after they had tractors. I’m guessing that they also needed horses on winter days to do things cars couldn’t do.

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