Every Picture Tells A Story

…or, in the case of the picture below, dozens of stories. I invite my Readers to tell me (via email and not in Comments) just what is happening here, in the form of a short story, description, treatment or even screenplay- or stage dialogue. Take as long as you need (limit, say, 2,000 words), and it can be as approving, censorious, prudish, salacious or humorous as you’d like. All submissions should reach me before midnight, Friday March 31 with the subject line: House Party. (All submissions not having this subject line will be ignored.) I’ll choose a winner, publish the story and give out a mystery prize soon thereafter. (“Mystery prize” because I haven’t thought of one yet.) Here it is:

It’s one of my favorite cartoon sketches of all time, and I could write an entire novella from it.

Regrettably, I don’t know the artist; but according to the hairstyles and clothes, I’ll hazard a guess and put its creation in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. If anyone can shed light on any of that, I’d appreciate it.


  1. I’m not much of a writer so I don’t know if I will enter the contest or not, but when I was a kid, we had a pole lamp almost exactly like the one in the background of this drawing. It was 1964 or thereabouts.

  2. Have seen many lamps looking like that one in the background, Based on the style of the art work and clothing it looks like something you would have seen in play boy from the early 60’s.

    Where do you find these?

  3. A young Teddy Kennedy tends bar in the democrat’s Senate antechamber, circa 1965.

    *what, ruined the image for y’all?*


    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  4. I’ve studied this illustration quite a few times, and while I could use a writing exercise, all I’m coming up with is that two of the guests aren’t going to add to the evening’s hilarity. I don’t think there’s enough booze at the bar to get them onboard.

    I have a caption, though: “What the dog saw.”

    (what he said was “ruh-roh!”)

  5. The blindfolded guy’s grasping fingers remind me of something, but I can’t quite get it. Repressed memory?

        1. I’ve got it! The scene in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ when they demonstrate Alex’s “cure.” The stage is cast in cold blue light, and a sexy girl wearing nothing but a pair of panties walks up to him. He’s on his knees, and his hands reach up to grab her titties. Then, of course, his conditioning takes over and he begins to retch.

  6. Nelson bubble lamp on the ceiling, horn-shade pole lamp, Danish modern coffee table, abstract picture on the wall. Late fifties, early sixties, yep.

    1. The furniture reminds me of my grandmothers home, especially the lamp. Not later than the 60s

  7. yearningabstractly, maybe because the blindfolded ones are his wife and her husband?

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