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This comic from the 1920s looks just like a modern meme

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


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 16, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:24 pm CDT

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.

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*First Published: Apr 16, 2018, 7:55 pm CDT