April 23rd, 2013

Hometown

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

The Flagstons don’t reside in a specified location but, because of the changing seasons that are depicted in the strip, it is safe to assume that they live in the northeastern part of the United States.

When Hi and Lois started in 1954, Mort Walker had a home in Greenwich, Connecticut and Dik Browne was in South Orange, New Jersey.  In 1957, the Brownes moved to Wilton, Connecticut, where they remained until relocating to Sarasota, Florida in 1979.

Here are two Christmas cards from the 1950s that show both Connecticut houses.

Over the years, the scenery in Hi and Lois has reflected the New England surroundings of its creators, with quaint red barns, stone walls, white-steeple churches and town greens. Many Fairfield County residents commute to Manhattan on the train and some of the whistle-stops along the route still look like the Wilton station shown in this Hi and Lois Sunday page from 1968.

Chance Browne grew up in Wilton and, after living in Florida for many years, moved back to his hometown.  I returned to Greenwich after college and bought a house in Wilton when my daughter was born in 1986.  My brother, Greg, currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut.  We have continued the tradition of using the New England setting as the inspiration for the scenery in the strip and Chance has featured many local landmarks in recent years, including the Silvermine Tavern, Cobbs Mill Inn, Scoops ice cream and Orem’s Diner.

We will share some of these episodes in future posts, so stay tooned.

– Brian Walker

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