The one above is part of a late 1933 series of cartoons (from Revista da Semana) called Variações Turisticas, where a British man is shown Rio de Janeiro by a malandro guide. In this section, we see them in downtown:
– “What’s the purpose of the sidewalks?”
– “You don’t know, then? They’re for posts.”
On the right side, we see a typical scene at the time, with dogs barking, music playing, cars noisely going by, and vendors selling tomatoes and popsicles…all things you can still find in the Centro.
– “My lady, your husband isn’t in the garden, nor the bedroom or the office.”
– “Did you check in the refrigerator?”