Hathi Trust

We’ve been doing this meme for a while, huh?

There are no original ideas anymore. And, apparently, no original memes. A Twitter user who goes by the handle @YoRHaw shared an image from a 1921 comic strip over the weekend that is eerily similar to memes that compare two images today.

It’s the “What you think you look like vs. what you actually look like” meme! The new “If you don’t love me at my worst” meme also resembles the format of this old comic.

The joke in the comic works for an occasion when you’re having your photo taken, like for a driver’s license photo:

So where did this image come from? Its origin is a satirical magazine called Judge, which ran until 1947. You can see the full issue of the magazine in an archive here.

The comic had some people asking if this was the first meme.

But there were probably “memes” or jokes about our perceived attractiveness long before this comic was published. Humans have always been vain.

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.

Debug
What is a meme in 2018?
Richard Dawkins' definition of a meme no longer works with today's internet culture.
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.