Hey kids! Now that you’ve (assumably) done something nice for Mom this morning, and lulled her into a state of contentment, expecting nothing but good from her angels for at least the current 24 hours – this is the best time to surprise her with how spectacularly creative you can be with your pranks!
To aid you in this noble enterprise, below are a few suggestions from the master of pranks, Buster Brown! These are extracted from the miniaturized version of the book Buster Brown’s Pranks by Richard Felton Outcault, given away in 1905 by the New York City clothing store, Ivan Frank & Company.
(The black & white Ivan Frank-published version, which reprints the cover art plus numerous strips from the larger-sized color 1905 Frederick A. Stokes-published version, is only 3 inches tall by 5 inches wide, versus Stokes’ 11-1/4″ by 16-7/8″. Both reprint Buster Brown comic strips which had appeared yet earlier in Sunday newspapers.) Ivan Frank & Company was the manufacturer of Buster Brown licensed clothing, as hyped in this 1905 issue of Men’s Wear.
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Kids! If you can’t use the next prank right away, try to remember it for your summer vacations later this year! Or better yet, why not do it now, and give your whole family a wonderful surprise later? When your Mom asks who did it, you might be able to honestly say you don’t know, because by then, even you may have forgotten about it!
Have a Happy Mother’s Day!