September 17, 1938

Hi Ya, Kids I’m Birdseye Center’s OLD ARCHIE


Boys and Girls:

Did you like the mask of Popeye the Sailor Man in last week’s Star Weekly? In the last issue The Star Weekly began this series of comic characters that you can cut out and make into a false face. There are many more to come: Maggie, Jiggs, Wimpy Olive Oyl – and, as a special treat, Gregory Clark and Jimmie Frise. They’ll appear in every issue right up till Hallowe’en.

Save these masks for your Hallowe’en Party

Think of all the fun you can have if you save all the masks from now till Hallowe’en! By then you’ll have eight different masks and you’ll be able to go to eight different parties and be a new character each time. Or even if you don’t go Halloween parties there’s a barrel of fun to be had in wearing these masks wherever you go, whether it’s your friends’ homes or just over to the corner grocery store.

Bring out your paste pot and scissors and you’ll soon look as much like Old Archie as old Archie does himself.

Cut out this illustration of OLD ARCHIE in a square, leaving about an inch border all the way around. Get a sheet of paper about 15 inches square. Any good heavy wrapping paper or light weight cardboard will do. Paste the OLD ARCHIE illustration on the paper. When dry, cut the outer edges of the mark but be sure to follow the line around the square flaps indicated at each of OLD ARCHIE’S cars. Use a razor blade or a sharply pointed knife to cut around OLD ARCHIE’S none on the heady black line, and to cut the slits in his eyes. Next, fold down the Flaps along OLD ARCHIE’S ears. Get two medium sized rubber bands. Place one side of the rubber band inside the fold of the flap and paste down firmly. Do not attempt to use the mask until the flap in dry and firm. Now, put the mask on, placing the rubber bands around your ears, and there you are, OLD ARCHIE, in the flesh.

Editor’s Note: Last year I published the Halloween masks of Jim and Greg, but missed this one of Old Archie. Modern readers would likely know Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Wimpy from Thimble Theatre by E.C. Segar (who died on October 13, 1938, around when these were published). Jiggs and Maggie were from Bringing Up Father by George McManus. And of course Old Archie was Jimmie Frise’s own from Birdseye Center.