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Anvil

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    Totemic symbol of Warner Brothers cartoon mayhem. The earliest use of an anvil in an offensive or defensive role that the author has found is in A Tale of Two Kitties (Clampett, 1942), in which Robert Clamtett’s prototypical Tweety tosses the Lou Costello-like cat a rope, with anvil attached.

    Interestingly, the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog from 1907 sold Acme anvils.

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