Father Time

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Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping devices (which represent time's constant one-way movement, and more generally and abstractly, entropy).

Around New Year's Eve many editorial cartoons use the convenient trope of Father Time as the personification of the previous year (or "the Old Year") who typically "hands over" the duties of time to the equally allegorical Baby New Year (or "the New Year") or who otherwise characterizes the preceding year.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • 'A Happy Solution' by Margaret Johnson (1916)
  • 'A Christmas Dilemma' by Katharine Van Etten Lyford (1920)

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Kid Eternity #2
  • This Magazine is Haunted #8
  • Strange #6
  • Weird Comics #19
  • Whiz Comics #26
  • Pep Comics #31-32
  • Police Comics #11
  • New Funnies #71
  • Wow Comics #19
  • Feature Comics #94
  • Green Lama #8
  • Tick Tock Tales #8
  • Green Hornet Comics #33
  • Smash Comics #84
  • Supermouse #29


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