THE Flops cartoon was a [...].
These two 60-year-old cartoons from the Evening Gazette of 1952 show exactly what we mean. The first cartoon features Philander rewarding Helen for finding his cigar case with a pound only to find out from young Willie that she was only offered 10/- from the pawnbrokers.
In the second cartoon there are references to 8/- and 5/- as Helen has herself driven around town by taxi in search of cheaper eggs. A careful look at both these cartoons reveals that these "shillings" have been inserted over what was originally dollars or cents to create the illusion that the Flops were an all British family or at least so that the joke made sense. However, in Flops cartoons elsewhere American idioms and words could not be eliminated so it was fairly obvious that The Flops were as American as blueberry pie - still funny though, after all these years.